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Iconic 9ft shepherd statue is unveiled in Cockermouth

‘The Lakeland Shepherd’, a 9ft bronze statue of a shepherd, was unveiled in Cockermouth on Monday (22nd May) to mark the area’s heritage and agricultural history.

Accompanied by a lamb and two border collies, the statue, created by professional sculptor Chris Kelly, was revealed in a ceremony attended by more than 80 guests including the Mayor of Cockermouth Alan Tyson and Sue Hayman MP.

Located at new housing development, The Laureates, on Low Road near the town’s Fitz Park, the monument is the result of a collaboration between housing developer, Lovell Homes and local businessman and previous landowner Bob Slack to honour the significant role the farming community has played in the prosperity of the town.

Nigel Yates, regional managing director of Lovell and John Marrs, chairman of Cockermouth and District Agricultural Society officially unveiled the statue.

Bob Slack said: “Cockermouth has always been the hub of the local farming community with its market largely responsible for driving much of the trade and success of the town. As this area of Cockermouth evolves into a new residential community we felt it was important to acknowledge its rich farming history through an iconic and meaningful piece of art and we’re delighted with the end result.”

Mayor of Cockermouth, Alan Tyson said: “This is a fine, pertinent statue, appropriately close to Cockermouth’s Agricultural Showground”.

The Laureates is a collection of 217 new homes set amongst extensive landscaping and boasting outstanding views of the Lake District. Located within walking distance of Cockermouth, there are a wide range of two, three, four and five bedroom homes ideally suited to buyers at every stage of life, including those wishing to purchase a new home via the Government’s Help to Buy scheme.

For more information on how you could buy a brand new home at The Laureates visit the marketing suite on Laureates Lane daily between 10am to 5pm.  Or, alternatively, call 01900 358645 or visit www.livelaureates.com