Sculpture celebrates the women of Portsea

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A SCULPTURE celebrating the women of Portsea has been unveiled.

Portsmouth city councillor Margaret Foster unveiled the Spirit of Portsea at the John Pounds Centre, Portsea.

The artwork, by Peter Codling and members of Portsea Action Group, youth club members and centre users, was inspired by stories of strong local women, historical figures, figureheads, coins, portraits and classical stories.

Mr Codling said: ‘It has grown from the long history of the strong, loyal and loving women who have held Portsea together over the years.’

The statue’s hair has wild curls for its ‘young’ side and flowing straight hair representing the water of the dockyards and sea.

Cllr Foster added: ‘It’s such a beautiful, tactile piece. I would like to dedicate the sculpture as a lasting monument to the spirit and pride of the women of Portsea.’