Parisian love lock tradition coming to Portsmouth

Thousands of padlocks clipped by lovers are seen on the fence of the Pont des Arts over the River Seine in Paris

Thousands of padlocks clipped by lovers are seen on the fence of the Pont des Arts over the River Seine in Paris

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IT’S taken Europe by storm – the tradition of leaving a padlock fixed to a landmark with a initials on as a mark of love or remembrance.

And now so-called ‘love locks’ could be coming to Portsmouth. The idea is for a sculpture to be built for locks to be placed on.

Co-creator of the Facebook group Portsmouth Lock of Love Helen Black, from Milton, said: ‘The idea came about when I placed a lock for my dad who had passed away as something to remember him by.’

After posting a picture of the lock from Victoria Pier, Helen received comments about the sentiment with people wanting to do the same thing.

‘When I realised how many people wanted to put locks on the pier, I knew I had to stop it and decide on another way for people to remember their loved ones,’ said Helen.

This idea has been given the backing of Portsmouth City Council leader Donna Jones who said she is happy to support the idea and is looking forward to working with residents of Portsmouth to design the sculpture.

This is a community project and we want to get everyone involved in where the artwork will be placed and how it is designed

Co-founder of the project Tina Jacobs from Baffins, said: ‘This is a community project and we want to get everyone involved in where the artwork will be placed and how it is designed.’

Since it launched the Facebook group Portsmouth Lock of Love has gained the support of almost 400 people eager to place a lock on the sculpture.

The original movement was to put these locks on Portsmouth’s historic attractions which received a number of critics including the group Love Not Locks In Portsmouth.

Founder of that Facebook page Jane Douglas said: ‘We’re happy the other group has now decided not put them on the historic attractions as anything that stops people putting locks
on these landmarks is a good thing.’

The council is meeting both sides to discuss a site for the love lock sculpture.

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