New statue unveiled on the side of the Ribble Link

Posted on - 9th May, 2014 - 6:58pm | Author - | Posted in - Ashton-on-Ribble, Preston News
The new statue on the side of the canal

The new statue on the side of the canal

The new Ribble Link statue has been put up, replacing the infamous Ribble Piddler.


Ribble Link Trust have shelled out £30,000 for the sculpture made by Derbyshire artist Denis O’Connor.

It was officially unveiled on the side of the Lancaster-Preston canal on Thursday afternoon.

Steve Higham, enterprise manager at the Canal and River Trust said: “We’ve been working with the Ribble Link Trust for some time to come up with a new design to replace the Gauging the Ripple statue and I’m delighted that the new statue is now being installed, which will be a real focal point for the hundreds of visitors and the local community.

“It is really different from the last piece of art we had on the Ribble Link and I think that once in place, local people and boaters will come to love it just as much as the old piece.”


The previous Piddler statue had to be replaced after it rotted.

The RIbble Piddler

The RIbble Piddler

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