Sussex

Hastings giant winkle statue in position

The 6ft winkle in Hastings
Image caption The winkle was commissioned by the Winkle Club which was formed in Hastings in 1900

A 6ft (1.8m) tall winkle sculpture has been winched into position by an East Sussex charity.

The Winkle Club in Hastings was formed in 1900 to help under-privileged families in the area.

The new stainless steel sculpture replaces a concrete winkle which had been vandalised.

It will also help raise money for the charity as coins can be dropped into the winkle to ring a bell.

Sculptor Leigh Dyer said the work had taken over a year to complete.

"The obvious thing was the winkle shell. All around the base are bits of equipment they [fishermen] would use. We've got net needles, and floats and rope.

"All the fish are local fish which they catch here. We've got halibut, and a plaice and a starfish."

The winkle is made of high-grade stainless steel and has been designed to remain shiny.

The base has been designed so that it will become rusty to provide a link to the rusted metal fishermen's equipment on Hastings beach.

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