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New sculpture remembers Daventry’s broadcasting heritage

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An original piece of artwork inspired by Daventry’s historic connection with radio and radar has taken pride of place on a roundabout at one of the gateways to the town.

Made in steel by artist Tim Ward, the Daventry Calling sculpture stands at 7 metre high and consists of five ‘masts’ with a laser-cut ‘radio wave’ text ring.

It was installed on the A425 South Way/Abbey Street roundabout on Wednesday.

Councillor Alan Hills, community, culture and leisure portfolio holder at Daventry District Council, said: “It’s wonderful to see the sculpture in place. It has really brightened up a major gateway to the town.

“What’s more it highlights an important part of our history. Daventry was once famous the world over thanks to the BBC World Service broadcasts and this sculpture serves as a permanent reminder of Daventry’s rich broadcasting heritage.”

The sculpture was funded by Ashford Developments as part of its planning obligations following the construction of the Abbey Retail Park in 2009. An additional grant of up to £5,000 was also secured from the Arts Council to help fund it.

Artist Tim was chosen to lead on the project and came up with three proposed designs that people could vote for and comment on at a number of public events and online during last summer.

The winning design is inspired by the radio call sign ‘Daventry Calling, used by the BBC World Service, which was originally broadcast from Borough Hill. In 1935, this radio station was used for the first-ever practical demonstration of radar.

Tim said: “I have thoroughly enjoyed the process of working with the local community in developing the design proposals.

“It is an exciting project in which we have tried to create a sculpture which reflects Daventry’s history and is contemporary in style - a landmark for the future.”

 

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