Pride of place: bust of former chairman on display in library he fought to safeguard

Bournemouth Echo: PRIDE OF PLACE: Sculpture of Norman McKenna by Mary Spencer PRIDE OF PLACE: Sculpture of Norman McKenna by Mary Spencer

A BUST of former Friends of Corfe Castle Library chairman Norman McKenna now takes pride of place in the building he fought to safeguard.

Norman died in August, aged 100, but was chairman of the group for many years.

His bust, made by the late sculptor Mary Spencer Watson to mark his 70th birthday, has been donated to the village’s newly formed community library.

Friends of Corfe Castle Community Library’s Angelika Seik, pictured inset, said: “We are doubly proud of having Norman with us in spirit, in a place dear to his heart. And having a reminder of Mary’s creative work, loved by so many of us in the this area.”

Earlier this year movie legend Edward Fox officially opened the new Corfe Castle Community Library, in a ceremony attended by more than 100 people.

That opening followed months of work by the villagers, who pledged to save their library after County Hall announced in July 2011 it was closing as part of a programme of cuts.

Mr Fox, a Purbeck resident, praised the efforts of villagers for their work to safeguard the library’s future.

Speaking after this official opening, Friends of Corfe Castle Library chairman Alison AllWright said: “I am delighted by the positive outcome of everyone’s hard work and am very excited about the future.”

A group spokesman confirmed: “Mr McKenna was for many years the chairman of the Friends of Corfe Castle Library and had been fighting for its survival often and with tenacity.

“In his memory his family has generously given this bust of him to the newly formed community library.”

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4:23pm Thu 5 Dec 13

open mind says...

I think this is great, perhaps if you serve more than 3 years as Chair of a Friends Group you should get your bust placed at your place of interest. A bust on Boscome Pier could be great!
I think this is great, perhaps if you serve more than 3 years as Chair of a Friends Group you should get your bust placed at your place of interest. A bust on Boscome Pier could be great! open mind

6:20pm Thu 5 Dec 13

Phixer says...

open mind wrote:
I think this is great, perhaps if you serve more than 3 years as Chair of a Friends Group you should get your bust placed at your place of interest. A bust on Boscome Pier could be great!
There are several candidates for a bust on the surf reef.
[quote][p][bold]open mind[/bold] wrote: I think this is great, perhaps if you serve more than 3 years as Chair of a Friends Group you should get your bust placed at your place of interest. A bust on Boscome Pier could be great![/p][/quote]There are several candidates for a bust on the surf reef. Phixer

12:05am Fri 6 Dec 13

BIGTONE says...

Reminds me of crimewatch.
Reminds me of crimewatch. BIGTONE

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