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Newcastle Buzzing as Bee Sculpture is Lowered into Place

A spectacular bumble bee and dandelion sculpture, commissioned by the Borough Council, is set to be unveiled today, Thursday, 6 July.

The sculpture will be fixed permanently into place on the A34/Knutton Lane roundabout.

Internationally-renowned sculptor Andy Edwards has created the12ft-high mild steel sculpture with the help of apprentices from PM Training.

It depicts a bee with a 14ft wingspan, sitting on top of a dandelion.

The sculpture, funded through private sponsorship, is the third in a series commissioned to support Britain in Bloom in the Borough.

North Staffordshire-born Andy - famed for his public art works including a statue of The Beatles on the waterfront in Liverpool, and the Christmas Truce statue in Belgium - said: “The dandelion and bee fit with the Borough’s 2017 Britain in Bloom theme ‘Supporting Newcastle’s Blooming Wildlife’ and will hopefully help to educate people about the importance of bees and their place in the eco-system.”

The Borough Council has previously won 15 consecutive gold medals in the Britain in Bloom regional competition and has been honoured with a place in this year’s national finals.