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David Whitfield’s widow backs statue campaign

David Whitfield
Image caption David Whitfield was one of the first British artists to break into the American charts in the 1950s

The widow of a Hull singing star has backed a campaign to have her late husband's achievements recognised with a statue in the city.

Calls for a statue to honour David Whitfield were turned down by planners in January.

The city council turned down an application by fans for a tribute in Hull's Kingston Square, saying it clashed with a conservation area.

Now his widow Sheila is backing efforts for a statue near Hull New Theatre.

Sheila Whitfield said: "It's the best place possible [for the statue] to be and I'm really, really upset that the council say it can't be there. I don't understand that at all.

"There are still a lot of people who do remember him and I think it is important [to have the statue].

"He was from Hull and he really put Hull on the map, in a way."

David Whitfield became a singing sensation in the 1950s, selling millions of records worldwide.

He died in 1980 from a brain haemorrhage.

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