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Commemorative plaque unveiled for Chaucer statue

Commemorative plaque unveiled for Chaucer statue

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The city’s Lord Mayor, Councillor George Metcalfe, unveiled a commemorative plaque listing the donors to the Chaucer in Canterbury project whose names do not appear as pilgrims on the plinth itself.

The bronze plaque will be placed near the sculpture, fixed to the brick pier to the right of the gate into the Three Cities Garden.

The Canterbury Commemoration Society (CCS) commissioned the sculpture to commemorate Geoffrey Chaucer and his association with Canterbury. Created by Kent sculptor Sam Holland, and the plinth by the Yorkshire-based sculptor Lynne O’Dowd, the sculpture was formally gifted to the City of Canterbury in October 2016.

The plinth depicts the characters featured in Chaucer’s Prologue to the Canterbury Tales but represented by personalities with a Canterbury connection, in a re-working
of Thomas Stothard’s painting of the Journey to Canterbury, which hangs in the Beaney Library.

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