Snowy Farr Memorial Chosen

A design for a statue to remember eccentric Cambridge character Snowy Farr has been chosen.

The design by artist Gary Webb was chosen as it was thought to be 'innovative, modern, memorable, and fun.'

Snowy, who died four years ago, will have the statue erected in his honour outside The Guildhall at the corner of Petty Cury.

The statue which is expected to cost about £50,000 will be paid for from a fund for public art topped up by housing developers, which cannot be spent on anything else other than for the commissioning of new public artworks.

The mayor Councillor Sheila Stuart said: 'I am excited that the project to commemorate Snowy Farr is now being realised and also with the choice of Gary Webb as the artist to design the artwork. The Council and the public considered Gary's design to be contemporary and capture the spirit of Snowy and we hope once completed, it will capture the imagination of the public, as Snowy did.'

Councillor Robert Dryden, said, "I am very pleased we are getting nearer to having a sculpture erected in the city as a tribute to Snowy Farr for all he has done in collecting money for the Cambridgeshire Society for the Blind and Partially Sighted, Guide Dogs for the Blind and for Camsight, a charity supporting people with sight loss in Cambridgeshire.'

'When I was Mayor of Cambridge and very shortly after Snowy died many people contacted me asking for a permanent public piece of artwork in his memory. Some people have said Snowy would not have wanted money spent like this but instead would like his charities to benefit. However, the funding we have can only be spent on public artwork and I am now looking forward to the day when we have the official unveiling ceremony."