Llandudno - Unveiling The White Rabbit
Llandudno sculptor Nick Elphick has revived the once vandalised White Rabbit figure, which is set to be located at a tram shelter in Gloddaeth Street. The statue, a Grade II listed object, was originally unveiled by former Prime Minister David Lloyd George on West Shore back in 1933.
It was first placed near Pen Morfa, the now demolished holiday home of the family of Alice Liddell, however, it was targeted by vandals, so council officials took it away in 2012 to a Conwy County Council yard in Colwyn Bay to be repaired but Llandudno Town Councillors Carol Marubbi and Angela O’Grady were dismayed last month to find it still there unprotected from the weather during an inspection. Within days, it had been transported on a pallet to Mr Elphick’s Builder Street studio for some TLC.
Nick said: “It was an honour for Llandudno Town Council to give me this job. But it was also such a pressurised job because it is such an iconic part of Llandudno’s history. I really wanted to honour the original sculpture. There was a lot of public interest and I really didn’t want anyone to see it until I knew it was right.” He said restoring the statue, which measures 1.87m from toe to ear tip, was a demanding commission.
“It was a stressful thing to do to match the marble and a very technical task. But now I’m happy with it and I hope that the people of Llandudno will be too.”
Llandudno Alice Sarah Elizabeth Fare McEwan aged 9 unveiled the repaired White Rabbit with Llandudno’s mayor Frank Bradfield in red and town crier Billy Baxter in blue.
Afterwards there was a celebratory tea party.
See more images at the Daily Post.= article about the event.