A SCULPTURE offered as a gift to Henley by Vince Hill has been accepted by the town council.
The singer and his wife Annie wanted to donate their bronze statue of leaping deer as a thank-you to the town for its support over the years and in memory of their son, Athol, 42, who died unexpectedly in January.
Wild Deer Leaping, by sculptor Claire Norrington, was made to commemorate the couple’s golden wedding anniversary in 2009.
The statue, which measures 6ft 6in by 11ft 6in, was formally accepted by members of the town council at a meeting on Tuesday.
Councillor Jeni Wood said the sculpture was beautiful, adding: “The more I look at it the more my heart leaps.”
Councillor Dieter Hinke added: “I would like to say a huge thank-you for this. It is a stunning, wonderful sculpture.”
Mr Hill, 80, from Shiplake, said: “This is wonderful news. When our son passed away we realised we had no one to leave the statue to because we can’t split it between our grandchildren. It is such a beautiful piece of work for the people of Henley to enjoy.”
The singer, who is best known for his 1967 hit Edelweiss, said he would like to see the statue placed by the Reading Road roundabout near Tesco.
He said: “I think that would be an absolutely wonderful spot because then it would be seen. It is such a beautiful statue. It lifts you when you see it and I’m so happy it will be here for everyone to enjoy.”
The council will decide on a location. Other suggestions include Marsh Meadows, a field at Gillotts School where Athol was a pupil, Mill Meadows and near the Jubilee Park sports ground.