Models of The Watchers, the sculpture installed at Toothill Village Centre 27 years ago, have been presented to Toothill Primary School.
The Mayor Steve Wakefield made an appeal in the January Link for one of the small versions presented to councillors and VIPs at the unveiling on 8 June 1982.
Sculptor Pat Elmore donated a resin version which had been given away and Marion Pryor from Stratton contacted us as her son had found a cement version in the garden undergrowth of his new house, whilst artist Ken White uncovered the poster he designed for the opening event.
In the March Link, Pat Elmore described how she worked with the late Carlton Attwood in his last months to make the finishing touches to The Watchers, using the features of her daughter Heidi, who now lives in Redhouse, and her husband to shape the faces out of cement fondue.
Although the original statue has suffered from vandalism and the weather, the maquettes used to develop the full scale version are in good condition. Pat said she wasn’t surprised the sculpture has suffered. “Thamesdown Council would not pay for it to be cast in bronze. It’s a commission I would like to take on to give The Watchers a permanent presence in Toothill.”
In the meantime, Toothill Primary headteacher Martin Cowell said he is delighted to have the models in the school. “They give the children a sense of the history about their community. I’m sure they will be used in our curriculum work in some way.”
Pictured, top: Looking forlorn, The Watchers at Toothill Village Centre
Above: The Mayor with headteacher Martin Cowell and Marion Pryor
and Toothill Primary children with the models of The Watchers