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Emma Brennan, West Suffolk chief reporter
Wednesday, July 30, 2014
An amateur sculptor is hoping to have his tribute to John Peel put on permanent display at one of the legendary DJ’s favourite haunts.
Rob Pewsey, 51, from Glemsford near Sudbury, has already created a life-size bust of the radio presenter and record producer in fibreglass.
And now Liverpool Football Club, of which Peel was a fanatical supporter, is interested in taking a bronze version of the sculpture to go on show at Anfield.
After his death in October 2004, a stage for new bands at the Glastonbury Festival was renamed ‘The John Peel Stage’ in honour of the work he did to promote upcoming artists. According to Mr Pewsey, there has also been interest in his sculpture from the festival’s organisers.
He now hopes to get enough sponsors to fund the cast bronze image, which will cost around £3,000 to produce.
Mr Pewsey, who works for a flavourings company in Haverhill, has been sculpting as a hobby for about 25 years and would dearly love to be able to do it as a full-time job.
He was recently commissioned to produce bronze sculptures to top the posts marking Sudbury’s Talbot Trail walk. He also made a bust of 60s folk singer Jake Thackray for the Blacksmith and the Toffeemaker pub in Islington, which was named after a Thackray song.
Mr Pewsey said: “I started thinking there must be lots of people I could make sculptures of and then one night when I was driving home after a late shift, it was mentioned on the radio that a new wing of the BBC’s broadcasting house was to be named after John Peel.
“He is still such a well-known figure, and bands such as The Undertones owe their success to him, so I felt there was a place for a piece like this to keep his memory alive – whether it’s on the John Peel Stage at Glastonbury, or looking out over the pitch at Anfield.
“This year is the 10th anniversary of his death so it would be nice to see this bronze unveiled as a tribute to a true icon of the British music scene.”
Mr Pewsey first tried his hand at sculpting with the clay that was unearthed during the installation of a gas pipeline at Borley, where he lived as a child. He has recently been taken under the wing of renowned sculptor Kate Denton, from Lavenham.
If he can raise the money, he will have the bronze version cast at a foundry in London.
To support the project, visit www.kickstarter.com/projects/6381110/john-peel-memorial-bronze