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SOUTHPORT'S Dan Dare scuplture
14 October 2006
SOUTHPORT'S Dan Dare scuplture, depicting the 1950's comic strip character, is coming back to the resort. The scuplture, which was created by Frank Hampson, is to be situated at the Botanic Gardens Museum. The Dan Dare statue was previously sited at the entrance to Cambridge Walks Arcade where it had been subjected to varying types of abuse, including being marked with pens and attacked with either a bat or a pole which caused a severe dent in the head. The cost of the repair work, currently being undertaken by the conservative department of Lancashire Museum in Preston, is £5,390. Dan Dare, pilot of the future, was one of the story lines in the Eagle Comic. The heroic character was enjoyed by millions of schoolboys in the 1950's. In 2000, the Eagle Society donated the statue to Southport to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the founding of the Eagle comic in a disused bakery in Churchtown.


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