Tag Archives: Tony Colburn


28 Sep

Progress is rather slow. Apart from the £10,000 received last year there has been little in the way of significant funding. An application for lottery funds is being prepared and further “bucket” collections are planned for Winter Fund raising. Clearly lottery funds hold out the most hope.
BUT the maquettes look lovely. One is 4 ft, one 18ins. These are currently in store and I really hope they will be made available to the general public soon. They could help significantly in the marketing drive.

HOWEVER I am delighted that our Welsh hero is being recognised by a BLUE PLAQUE. A blue plaque is a permanent sign put up to celebrate the link between a location, in this case Middleton, South Wales and a famous person. Every application for permission to mount a plaque is assessed carefully, a number are not approved, so this is a most significant honour. The plaque is to be erected in Edgar’s home village, on November 27th I understand from Councillor Tony Colburn that it is not yet finished but I aim to put an image of it on my blog as soon as this is available.

How the Edgar Evans statute might look in Swansea

16 Jan

A computer generated image of how the Edgar Evans statute might look to passers by in Swansea



Image of proposed statute of Edgar Evans

14 Jan

I have written about this appeal before. Here is an image of the maquette for Edgar Evans’ proposed statute in Swansea. It is the work of  Roger Andrews, sculptor and artist.

The chairman of the appeal is Councillor Tony Colburn.pub-edgarevans1Edgar Evans

Edgar Evans Statute appeal

4 Dec

The appeal for funds to go towards a bronze statute of the Welsh hero Edgar Evans moves slowly. The statute is to be erected near to Swansea Museum,

Edgar Evans died over one hundred years ago in Antarctica, He had  suffered terribly from malnutrition; food and fluid intakes that were totally inadequate for his needs, from frostbite and from a cut hand that festered and was almost certainly the source of entry of virulent bacteria into his bloodstream. He had lost weight,muscle and fat. He must have suffered dreadfully.

The fact that, most unfairly, he was blamed in some quarters for being the pivotal cause of the deaths of his companions, would have been terrible to him. The slurs must have contributed to there being no national memorial for Edgar.

We now have a greater understanding of the physical causes that led Edgar to falter  and his reputation has been restored and enhanced in resent years. We know he was a tough, resilient, impressive man who gave his all for Scott and Antarctic exploration. In summary he was a Welsh hero.

On the centenary of the deaths of Scott’s party, an appeal was launched for a memorial to Edgar to be erected. This is to be a bronze statute that will stand 9 feet on its plinth The sculptor is Roger Andrews, the appeal is headed by Councillor Tony Colburn who heads the 8 man committee that boasts the Lord Lieutenant as its Vice President. £10,000 has been raised of the £90,000 needed. Money has already been spent on a 3 foot bronze maquette. There are big plans for fund raising activities in Swansea at Christmas, in shopping areas and in rugby and soccer stadiums. It is hoped that the funds will swell significantly.

If you want to contribute, the Treasurer of the appeal is  Councillor Miles Thomas. He can be reached on Miles.thomas@Swansea.Gov.uk