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Vets society backs drive to create Herriot author statue
3:49pm Tuesday 8th October 2013 in News
A GROUP of vets who were inspired by the James Herriot stories have backed a drive to create a statue of a former member of their society who wrote the novels.
The Yorkshire Veterinary Society will mark its 150th anniversary by holding a conference and dinner on Friday (October 11) at the Queens Hotel, in Leeds, where the group was first formed.
Representatives of The World of James Herriot, in Thirsk, will speak to society members about the recently formed James Herriot Statue and Legacy Fund, which was launched following a £25,000 bequest from a life member to the Kirkgate museum.
The donation is being used to help fund a £60,000 bronze statue of author Alf Wight and to launch a bursary support fund for young people who wish to become vets or to work in other animal care-related jobs.
Sculptor Sean HedgesQuinn, whose statue of Dad's Army's Captain Mainwaring received critical acclaim, has been commissioned to create a life-size portrayal of Mr Wight, standing with a dog, which will be installed at the museum.
Mr Wight was a member of the Yorkshire Veterinary Society and his retired vet son, Jim, remains a member.
Ian Ashton, managing director of the World of James Herriot, said: “It is very fitting with Alf Wight a past member that we can continue the long standing relationship that he and his family have maintained.”
Martin Paterson, president of the Yorkshire Veterinary Society said: “Clearly many members of the society including myself were inspired by Alf Wight’s stories.
“By supporting the James Herriot Legacy Fund at our 150th anniversary dinner, we are delighted to be part of the initiative that aims to support future vets and other animal welfare professionals.”
Donations to the James Herriot Statue Fund can be made online at worldofjamesherriot.org/herriot-news.html
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