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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.
Portrait Bench (Vera Lynn, Ian Fleming and Jamie Clark)
commissioned by Sustrans
27th July 2013
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