New Thetford sculpture unveiled

A SCULPTURE was unveiled on Sunday to celebrate the key role Charles Burrell played in the growth of Thetford.

A SCULPTURE was unveiled on Sunday to celebrate the key role Charles Burrell played in the growth of Thetford.

The businessman was behind the steam engine firm which carried his name and became known worldwide.

A �24,000 grant was given to the Keystone Development Trust to pay for the three-sided steel obelisk which has been put up in Staniforth Road, opposite the Charles Burrell High School.

There is an image on each symbolising aspects of Burrell - a fire box from a steam engine, a portrait of the man with the dates of his birth and death (1817-1906) on it and also the first engine he designed, the Century.

That engine was on hand to pull off the tarpaulin to unveil the sculpture.

A healthy crowd of people attended the unveiling.

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“It went brilliantly and we had a good turnout with lots of happy people,” said Keystone community development worker Terry Jermy. “Charles Burrell was an integral part of Thetford's heritage. He was a significant investor in the town and at one time employed one fifth of the town's population.

The artist was Mitchell House and the work was done by Thetford-based Pegasus Profiles.