Glassblower takes pride of place in Nailsea

PUBLISHED: 08:51 14 February 2008 | UPDATED: 08:37 25 May 2010

A NEW statue celebrating Nailsea s proud history in the glassworks industry has been unveiled in the town.

A NEW statue celebrating Nailsea's proud history in the glassworks industry has been unveiled in the town.

The £30,000 bronze structure was designed by Barnstaple artist Vanessa Marston and was funded by Tesco, as part of a 106 agreement, and Nailsea Town Council.

Councillors were keen to pay tribute to the town's former industry and came up with the idea of the glassblower and the High Street statue was unveiled by town council chairman, Mary Ponsonby, at a special ceremony on Friday.

Special guest at the event was Richard Barclay, whose great-great-great-great grandfather John Robert Lucas founded the glassworks in 1788. The Nailsea Glassworks was in operation until 1873.

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