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Detail from: Memorial to 158 Squadron by Peter W. Naylor, 2009

Statue of Eddie Thomas

Summary

Type Statue

     Standing figure of Eddie Thomas as a boxer in fighting stance. Wearing shorts, boots and boxing gloves. Left arm outstretched, right arm flexed against chest. Weight forward on left leg with right leg extended behind. Two relief sculptures of mining scenes at each end of the plinth. The statue is in bronze set on a brown marble base resting on a stone plinth. There are two raised inscription tablets in brown marble on each side of the plinth.
     The Eddie Thomas Memorial Committee raised the necessary funds in three years. There was some local controversy over the location of the statue.
     Eddie Thomas worked as a miner and gained international fame as a champion boxer. He was awarded the MBE and was also Mayor of the borough of Merthyr Tydfil.

Inscriptions

Inscription painted gold on brown marble tablet on side of plinth: BRITISH, EMPIRE AND EUROPEAN WELTERWEIGHT CHAMPION / EDDIE ALSO MANAGED / BRITISH AND EUROPEAN CHAMPIONS AND / TWO WORLD CHAMPIONS / ADMIRED AND LOVED BY THE COMMUNITY HE SERVED / HE NEVER FORGOT HIS HUMBLE BEGINNINGS / HIS CHARISMATIC PERSONALITY NATURALLY MADE HIM / THE IDEAL AMBASSADOR FOR MERTHYR TYDFIL / "BACHGEN BACH O COLLIERS ROW" Inscription painted gold on brown marble tablet on other side of plinth: EDDIE THOMAS MBE / MAYOR, COUNCILLOR AND FREEMAN / OF THE BOROUGH OF MERTHYR TYDFIL / BORN 27TH JULY 1925 AT COLLIERS ROW / DIED 2ND JUNE 1997 / UNVEILED BY / LORD BROOKS OF TREMORFA D.L. 4. JUNE 2000

Contributor details

Contributor Role
Nicholas, Peter W. Sculptor

Element details

Part of work Material Dimensions
Plinth Stone and marble 110cm high x 180cm wide
Statue Bronze 152cm high approx

PMSA recording information

Reference Region
MT010 AH
General condition Good
Surface condition
  • No damage
Structural condition
  • Other
Vandalism
  • None
Road Bethesda Gardens
Precise location In centre of landscaped gardens
A-Z ref None
OS ref SO047065
Date of design 1997-2000
Year of unveiling 2000
Unveiling details Unveiled by Lord Brooks of Tremorfa on 4 June 2000
Commissioned by Eddie Thomas Memorial Committee
Duty of care None
Listing status II
At risk? No known risk

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