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Champions statue to remain in Upton Park

Filed: Friday, 6th April 2018
By: Staff Writer

The Champions statue at the junction of Barking Road and Green Street is to remain in Upton Park - should Labour candidate Rokhsana Fiaz be elected as the new Mayor of Newham.

A local cabinet meeting at which the statue's future was to be discussed has been cancelled after councillors agreed that the statue would remain in situ for the foreseeable future - to the delight of local campaigners, who have long argued that the sculpture should remain at its original site.

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And Custom House councillor Fiaz - who is one of three candidates and the hot favourite to replace outgoing Mayor Sir Robin Wales - has pledged to keep the 16ft-high statue, created by Philip Jackson between 2001 and 2003 should she be placed in office.

The election for the new Mayor of Newham takes place on Thursday, 3 May.

The Champions sculpture cost in the region of 700,000 to build, more than half of which came from a Government grant. The remaining costs were paid for by the Green Street Single Regeneration Budget, the Arts Council for England, Arts & Business and West Ham United.

It was unveiled in April 2003 by the Duke of York, Prince Andrew, who was joined at the opening ceremony by Geoff Hurst, Martin Peters, Ray Wilson and Bobby Moore's widow Stephanie.

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