THIS WEEK IN 1992: Bronze yomper will guard museum

A Falklands yomper would be the first major piece of public sculpture to take its place in Portsmouth in nearly 100 years.

Sunday, 9th April 2017, 6:00 am
Updated Tuesday, 9th May 2017, 7:07 pm
Philip Jackson applies the finishing touches to the towering clay model (9221-1)

Commissioned by the Royal Marines Museum at Eastney, the 13ft-high statue, a memorial to the Falklands war, would stand at a new museum entrance, scheduled to open in July.

It took internationally-renowned Philip Jackson three months to make the clay model of the marine radio operator in his Midhurst studios.

It was later cast into bronze.

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Museum director Colonel Keith Wilkins said: ‘We decided the yomper was the right type of symbol for the new development.’

In recent times, the yomper has been plagued with the threat of a relocation to Portsmouth Harbour, amid consultations.