Oysters and Billy are ideas for sculptures

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WINDSURFERS, seabirds, oysters, brick-making and the famous locomotive that ran on the Hayling Billy line were just some of the ideas put forward for a new sculpture.

Residents came up with the ideas as they took part in a workshop at Hayling Island Community Centre.

It comes as 20 new sculptures will be installed along the Shipwrights Way – a 55-mile country path from Alice Holt Forest, north of Petersfield, to Portsmouth.

The trail symbolises the route taken by logs from the forest which were delivered to build ships in Portsmouth.

Three of the sculptures are likely to be on Hayling – with two on the Hayling Billy Trail and one near the Hayling Ferry crossing.

Sculptor Richard Perry has been commissioned to do the sculpture trail, which is set to open later this year.

He listened to ideas from islanders at the workshop.

Mr Perry said: ‘I have ridden about 90 per cent of the route by bike, stopping to look around and take photographs.

‘There are lots of beautiful places along the way, with interesting histories.

‘I think the whole set of sculptures should have a strong identity.’

The first designs will be made public in the coming weeks.