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Portrait Bench (Vera Lynn, Ian Fleming and Jamie Clark)
Portrait Bench (Vera Lynn, Ian Fleming and Jamie Clark)
Portrait Bench (Vera Lynn, Ian Fleming and Jamie Clark)
Portrait Bench (Vera Lynn, Ian Fleming and Jamie Clark)
Portrait Bench (Vera Lynn, Ian Fleming and Jamie Clark)
Portrait Bench (Vera Lynn, Ian Fleming and Jamie Clark)
Portrait Bench (Vera Lynn, Ian Fleming and Jamie Clark)
Portrait Bench (Vera Lynn, Ian Fleming and Jamie Clark)
Portrait Bench (Vera Lynn, Ian Fleming and Jamie Clark)
Portrait Bench (Vera Lynn, Ian Fleming and Jamie Clark)

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The portrait bench features three life-size figures of prominent local characters along with a simple bench. It is designed so that people can sit or stand in the spaces between the figures to become part of the portrait. The three characters on Dover's portrait bench are: Jamie Clark (22) who was born at Buckland Hospital with two holes in his heart, coeliac disease and severe communication difficulties. His determination and inspiration came to the fore when Jamie was selected from over 120,000 applicants as the town's first torchbearer on 18 July 2012 as part of the Olympic Torch Relay. Dame Vera Lynn, DBE, has been synonymous with Dover thanks to the wartime classic song 'The White Cliffs of Dover', and her portrait figure is angled so that she is overlooking those very cliffs.

Title

Portrait Bench (Vera Lynn, Ian Fleming and Jamie Clark)

Date

2013

Medium

steel

Accession number

CT16_TR_S008

Acquisition method

commissioned by Sustrans

Work type

Street furniture

Owner

Sustrans

Custodian

Sustrans

Work status

extant

Unveiling date

27th July 2013

Access

at all times

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Located at

Waterloo Crescent, Dover

CT16 1LA