The sculpture that I have been working on over the last few months has finally been unveiled close to St. James’s Park in Newcastle. The sculpture depicts various phases of the the career of footballing great Sir Bobby Robson. It was unveiled on Sunday prior to Newcastle United’s final game of the season by Sir Bobbys widow Lady Elsie and members of the family. The event was also attended by Newcastle manager Alan Pardew and former England Striker Peter Beardsley. It has been quite a couple of months ensuring that the work was completed on time and I am grateful to fellow sculptors Richard Perry and Tom Kenrick for helping with the carving work. Without their hard work and long hours, the piece would almost certainly not have been ready in time. I am also grateful to my Dad who calculated the curve accross the top of the stones with precission accuracy, a task made especially difficult by the considerable slope on the site.
The opening of the new Memorial Garden and sculpture appeared to have a very positive response from the fans which was always going to be the acid test. The project has taken over a year to complete and during that time I have worked closely with the Robson family to finalise the designs for the stones. Hopefully the outcome is a suitable tribute to one of the true legends of British football.