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Gateshead MBC's controversial plan to erect an 'Angel of the North' sculpture has won more than£500,000 from the A...
Gateshead MBC's controversial plan to erect an 'Angel of the North' sculpture has won more than £500,000 from the Arts Council's lottery fund.

The council hopes the £584,000 windfall will ensure sculptor Antony Gormley's massive structure appears on a hilltop by the A1 early next year. The 65ft angel will have a wingspan of 175ft.

More than two-thirds of people in the north-east have already heard of the angel.

Gateshead Liberal Democrat member Noel Rippeth has mounted a 'Stop the Statue' campaign.

As well as the lottery funding, the angel has attracted £150,000 from the European Regional Development Fund, £45,000 from Northern Arts and further private sector sponsorship.

Gateshead deputy leader David Bollands said: 'The angel will become a new symbol for our region and will undoubtedly attract visitors, creating spin-off benefits for the tourism and souvenir trade.'

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