Spoons project gets Royal backing


Staff reporter (Border Counties)

A STAGGERING 12-foot Oswestry gorilla now comes with a Royal seal of approval.
Prince Michael of Kent has became the latest name to join the high-profile British Ironwork Centre’s (BIC) creation after its commissioner TV personality Uri Gellar asked for his assistance as Honorary Air Marshall of the Royal Air Force.
His Royal Highness has become the driving force behind the major operation of transporting the gigantic creature via helicopter from the Aston-based firm to the Berkshire home of the spoon-bending on May 17.
It will then go on display in his garden for visits by ill children.
BIC managing director Clive Knowles said it was a real coup for the firm, commenting: “We’re thrilled and deeply honoured to be working closely with Prince Michael’s RAF team.
“The logistics and considerations of transporting a sculpture of this scale are immense and we’re grateful to benefit from such specialist knowledge.”
It comes as the BIC team are busy putting together the last phases of the gorilla which is made up of 20,000 spoons.

Despite the unveiling being just 12 weeks away a further 5,000 spoons are still required to complete the sculpture, leading to sculptor creating an eye-catching plea using hundreds of spoons already donated.
Mr Knowles continued: “The gorilla is starting to look spectacular. We’ve completed the two arms, the head and neck, and the quite a considerable part of the chest, but there’s still the back and rear legs to go.”
The most recent group to add their support are Sainsbury's, with ‘spoon banks’ now available at the Oswestry, Wrexham, Shrewsbury, Telford, Chester and Wolverhampton branches.
“We’re still nervous for he finish deadline, but the support is fantastic,” Mr Knowles added.

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