Could this be Norfolk’s answer to the Angel of the North? Plans unveiled for statue of giant fisherman on Beeston Hill

The Angel of the North in Newcastle with sculptor Antony Gormley, who recently caused controversy wi

The Angel of the North in Newcastle with sculptor Antony Gormley, who recently caused controversy with his art at the UAE in Norwich. Picture: Owen Humphreys/PA - Credit: PA

A giant statue of a fisherman could be built at a beauty spot in North Norfolk to celebrate its association with the sea and attract more visitors to the area.

An early design of what the new statue could look like. Picture: Archant

An early design of what the new statue could look like. Picture: Archant - Credit: Archant

It is envisaged the towering landmark at the top of Beeston Hill, near Sheringham, could be Norfolk's answer to the Angel of the North.

The imaginative project, which it is hoped could raise money for the RNLI, is one of a number of schemes bidding for cash from the Coastal Communities team.

It was dreamt up by a pupil at Sheringham High School as part of a business mentoring initiative supported by Sheringham Chamber of Trade and Commerce.

The children were tasked with developing ideas which could enhance the area.

The sculpture could tower over Sheringham. Picture: ANTONY KELLY

The sculpture could tower over Sheringham. Picture: ANTONY KELLY - Credit: Archant


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One of the other schemes proposed included improving facilities at Splash in Sheringham - days before North Norfolk District Council unveiled its plans to build a new Leisure and Fitness Centre.

Speaking at their AGM in the Mo Museum on Thursday night, Andy Bullen, secretary of Sheringham Chamber of Trade, said: 'They'll present it to the Coastal Communities team to see what they think about it, whether it is a good idea or not, how much it would cost and would it actually be practical and whether it would be allowed.

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'We've already had £10,000, which is supporting plans to get wi-fi in Sheringham, but we can apply for a lot more money if we think there's a good idea.

'It was to encourage the young people to think about business and how to run a business. Then the kids came up with all different ideas and projects which would enhance the area.

'One of them might be taken on board and we can apply for a grant then.'

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