Weather-damaged stone heads under tree to be replaced
WORK has begun to restore a popular Derby landmark.
The damaged stone heads under a tree in Friar Gate are being replaced by Tim Clapcott, the artist who designed them.
The sculptures were initially installed in 2000 to commemorate the 1821 Reform Bill riots in Derby, which saw crowds storm the Vernon Street jail to free debtors.
But years of cold winter weather have led to the heads suffering several cracks.
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Councillor Hardyal Dhindsa, cabinet member for planning, environment and public protection, said: "The Derby Heads are a popular attraction on Friar Gate, with photographs regularly being taken by visitors as they pass by."
The work, which will cost £15,000 and take one week to complete, is being funded through Derby City Council's Public Realm budget.