Peterborough street art no longer to be seen

Chris Porsz feature February 5: The Place To Be by Antony Gormley in Touthill Close in the 1980s.

Chris Porsz feature February 5: The Place To Be by Antony Gormley in Touthill Close in the 1980s.

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Paramedic Paparazzo: I have gone for two rather unusual and rarer images from my Peterborough photo collection this week.

The first is from the late seventies and shows the mural on the gable end of the shops in New Road by Francis Gomila, the same artist I believe who did the long-gone Gladstone Street mural.

Chris Porsz photo feature, 5 February: The New Road mural.

Chris Porsz photo feature, 5 February: The New Road mural.

The second image is from around the mid-1980s and was taken in Touthilll Close near Greenwoods solicitors offices and depicts the three famous Antony Gormley statues “The Place To Be” which I think got vandalised, were removed and have been rarely seen since.

I am sure they were repaired and have been exhibited in both the City Gallery and the Cathedral in recent years.

Last week’s feature on the railway station prompted some feedback with a couple of emails identifying long-serving porter Shirley Whiting, a mother of six.

One of the writers was Karen Gibbons, who said Shirley was her mum and had sadly passed away in 2008.

I have sent her a copy of the photograph as a memento.

Recognise anyone or anything?

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