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

Statue of Howard Winstone

Summary

Type Statue

     Bronze statue of Howard Winstone seated wearing one of his Lonsdale belts with another draped over his shoulder. Inscription plaques on front and rear of pedestal, other two sides have relief plaques depicting his home and gym.
     David Petersen based the statue on a famous photograph of Howard Winstone. The memorial was organised by a special committee formed by Don James. The work was unveiled by Howard Winstone's widow, Bronwen.
     Howard Winstone was born in Merthyr Tydfil in 1939. He held the Welsh and British A.B.A. title and was Gold Medallist at the Empire Games in Cardiff in 1958. He turned professional in 1959. He won the British Featherweight Crown in 1961 and the European title in 1963. He became Featherweight world champion in 1968. He earned two Lonsdale belts outright. He was awarded the MBE in 1968.

Inscriptions

Inscription on front plaque: THE / WELSH / WIZARD / HOWARD WINSTONE MBE / WORLD FEATHERWEIGHT CHAMPION Inscription on rear plaque: HOWARD WINSTONE MBE / 15TH APRIL 1939 30TH SEPTEMBER 2000 / COMMONWEALTH GOLD MEDALLIST / UNDEFEATED BRITISH & EUROPEAN CHAMPION / WINNER OF TWO LONGSDALE BELTS / FEATHERWEIGHT CHAMPTION OF THE WORLD 1968 / FREEMAN OF THE COUNTY BOROUGH / OF MERTHYR TYDFIL / "THE PEOPLE'S CHAMPION" (NB: The spelling error (LONGSDALE) is to be rectified)

Contributor details

Contributor Role
Petersen, David Sculptor

Element details

Part of work Material Dimensions
Statue Bronze 122cm high approx
Pedestal Limestone/granite 100cm high
Relief plaques Bronze 45cm high x 36cm wide

PMSA recording information

Reference Region
MT018 AH
General condition Good
Surface condition
  • No damage
Structural condition
  • Other
Vandalism
  • None
Road St. Tydfil's Square
Precise location In shopping centre
A-Z ref None
OS ref SO049061
Date of design 2000-2001
Year of unveiling 2001
Unveiling details Unveiled 7th October 2001
Commissioned by Memorial Committee formed by Don James
Duty of care None
Listing status Not listed
At risk? No known risk

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