A life-size £40,000 statue of a Victorian nobleman who founded Hunstanton was due to be unveiled today (Friday).

The bronze sculpture of Henry Styleman le Strange was set to be officially presented by West Norfolk Mayor Carol Bower, along with Hunstanton Town Mayor Adrian Winnington and Michael Meakin of the le Strange Estate.

The commissioning of the statue was made possible because of local fundraising, and money from West Norfolk Council and the Heritage Lottery Fund.

The statue was designed and made by artist Alan Herriot, who also produced the King John statue in King’s Lynn. Henry had a long-term vision for his home town of Hunstanton to become a thriving seaside resort to rival Brighton and Southend.

Cabinet member for culture, heritage and health, Elizabeth Nockolds said: “It is a welcome and iconic addition to the newly restored heritage gardens here in Hunstanton which have benefited from Heritage Lottery Funding.”

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