Statue 8: The Great Bear

Bridgnorth Art Trail Statue 08 Rupert Beckett

Hear about Statue 8

Location: Friar’s Street

Look over the River: the Great Forest of Morfe stretched three miles away eastwards. On the far bank is Hermitage Hill, where you can find many caves, in one of which lived a hermit, appointed by the monarch: the last recorded was in 1346. Dwellings up there were inhabited until about 1939. To the right, the red sandstone cliff is called Queen’s Parlour and to the left is High Rock, both of which can be reached by pleasant walks.
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Rupert was an adventurous 6-year old, with a cheeky smile. He loved Minecraft, lego, tractors and most of all being mischievously funny – “watch out, you might get hit by a Nerf gun bullet”.
Since the age of 3, Rupert underwent continuous intensive cancer treatment for Stage 4 High Risk Neuroblastoma, a rare childhood cancer affecting only 100 children per year in the UK. Sadly, despite 3 years of relentless treatment in Telford, Bristol, London and Barcelona, Rupert died.
Rupert was supported by the local community through “Rupert’s Revenge”, a fundraising campaign that united people together to raise a tremendous £250,000 for childhood cancer.
Rupert, our Great Bear, never got the chance to enjoy tomorrow, but will be forever loved.

Artist: Deborah Meredith

Artist Deborah
Deborah has a passion for painting and art, and a love of vintage ceramics. Her background is in Art Design and Conservation and Restoration. She loves to work with Chalk PaintTM, a decorative paint by Annie SloanTM, which she uses extensively to paint furniture, influenced heavily by traditional finishes and hand-painted detail.
Deborah founded and manages Tea & Roses, located on the High Street, which is a colourful, country floral shop and tea room with a retro twist.
Deborah lives with her husband and family on a farm set in the beautiful Corvedale.

The Design

This design is about celebrating the life of Rupert and raising awareness of neuroblastoma. The Beckett family, in particular Harry and Madeleine, had lots of input into the theme and content of the design. The Great Bear was a notable locomotive on the GWR, and is also the title of a painting in the Tate Gallery based on the London Underground map (