Sculptor of Cupid left heartbroken after vote

An iconic sculpture which has overlooked Morecambe Bay for six years is set to be removed
An iconic sculpture which has overlooked Morecambe Bay for six years is set to be removed
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An iconic sculpture which has overlooked Morecambe Bay for six years is set to be removed.

Venus and Cupid, the model of a woman swinging her baby at Scalestones Point near Morecambe Golf Club, is under threat because its licence, issued by Lancaster City Council, expired in July 2010.

Artist Shane Johnstone, 50, from Morecambe, contacted the Town Council to ask them to buy the sculpture.

He launched a campaign, consisting of a 1,000-name petition and more than 100 postcards designed by local children, to save the statue.

They want the town council, which was established in 2009, to pay to keep the distinctive statue on the promenade. But at a meeting on Thursday, 10 councillors agreed to buy the sculpture and 11 voted against.

Mr Johnstone, a married father-of-one, said the sculpture cost around £24,000 but he only wants reimbursing for the costs of £10,000.

He said: “The local public and tourists like it and it’s become an icon for the town. It’s been there since 2005.”

At the meeting, Coun Janice Hanson tabled a motion to buy the statue but it was rejected.

Mr Johnstone said it will be removed on Valentine’s Day.

Council clerk David Croxall said, although they were happy for it to stay, the council’s budget is just £220,000 and they were under no obligation to buy it.