Monday, 11 December 2017

Singer offers bronze sculpture to town in memory of tragic son

SINGER Vince Hill and his wife Annie have offered a sculpture to Henley as a memorial to their son.

Athol Hill, 42, died in his sleep on January 28, less than 48 hours after a car crash on the B481 at Highmooor. More than 200 people attended his funeral in Henley.

His parents, who live in Shiplake, wanted to donate the bronze to the town as a thank-you for its support over the years.

The statue, called Wild Deer Leaping, was made by sculptor Claire Norrington to commemorate the couple’s golden wedding anniversary in 2009. It measures 6ft 6in by 11ft 6in.

Mr Hill, 80, said: “I don’t know how long we have got on this mortal coil so we thought about giving it as a gift to the town in Athol’s name as he is not going to inherit it now.

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