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Jimmy Dyer was a beloved member of Carlisle's community in the nineteenth century. Born in 1841 in Carlisle, he undertook a brief stint in the navy before being discharged, after which, following a period of intense practice on the violin, becoming well-known as the town's fiddler and singer – playing comic ballads both on the street and at festive gatherings. This statue, created by local sculptor Judith Bluck, commemorates the fiddler, sitting proudly in the Lanes Shopping Centre.
bronze & brown Shipley stone
H 165 x W (?) x D (?) cm
commissioned by the Redevelopment Committee
The Lanes Shopping Centre
21st August 1986
at all times
on adjacent plaque: THIS SCULPTURE BY JUDITH BLUCK FRBS / OF JIMMY DYER A WELL KNOWN / ITINERANT FIDDLER AND BALLAD SINGER / WAS COMMISSIONED BY / GENERAL ACCIDENT AND LIFE / ASSURANCE CORPORATION PLC / FOR THE CITY OF CARLISLE / 21 AUGUST 1986