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

Monument to Bradley Stone

Summary

Type Sculpture , Statue

     Torso of a boxer, arms raised in a fighting stance. On the belt of his trunks in embossed capitals is the name STONE.
     Bradley Stone was a young boxer from Custom House, who died two days after unsuccessfully fighting Richie Wenton for the vacant British Super Bantamweight title at York Hall, Bethnal Green in April 1994. He trained at Peacock's Gym and it was his trainer, Jackie Bowers, who unveiled the statue. Payment had been raised by a series of fund-raising events and donations from Eastenders. The sculptor, Ann Downey, spent weeks studying photographs of the subject and talking to his fiancĂ©e to ensure she got a good likeness. In order to achieve an authentic boxer's stance, she enlisted another boxer from Peacock's Gym, Nickey Cantwell, to pose for her.(1) The unveiling ceremony was attended by some 300 people, including many famous boxers. There has also been a street named after Bradley Stone in Beckton.(2)
    

Inscriptions

On black marble plaque set on granite plinth, in gold incised lettering, all lower case words in italics: In Loving Memory of / BRADLEY STONE / Little Gem / 1970 - 1994 / A brave young man / who died in the pursuit / of his dreams / FOREVER / AS PROUD AS A PEACOCK / From his friends and fans

Contributor details

Contributor Role
Downey, Ann Artist

Element details

Part of work Material Dimensions
Statue Bronze 86cm high x 40cm wide x 56cm deep
Plinth Granite/polished marble 107cm high x 75cm wide x 70cm deep

PMSA recording information

Reference Region
NE037 UEL
General condition Good
Surface condition
Structural condition
Vandalism
Road Caxton Street North
Precise location Peacock Gymnasium, outside front entrance
A-Z ref 85 Hc 45
OS ref TQ398809
Date of design 1994-95
Year of unveiling 1995
Unveiling details 10 January 1995
Commissioned by Members of the Peacock Gymnasium
Duty of care Peacock Gymnasium
Listing status Not listed
At risk? No known risk

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