World War One sand sculpture destroyed

The damaged War Memorial Sand Sculpture at Hebden Bridge Town Hall. Picture by David Martin, Hebden Bridge.
The damaged War Memorial Sand Sculpture at Hebden Bridge Town Hall. Picture by David Martin, Hebden Bridge.

A ten tonne sand sculpture that signified the loss of a husband, and soldier, in World War One has been destroyed.

The war memorial became victim to the weather on Monday night.

The war memorial in its prime

The war memorial in its prime

Amy Leader, director of the Hebden Bridge Town Hall, said: “She has finally succumbed to the weather. The head of the sculpture fell off damaging the rest of the body.

“It is quite amazing that she has lasted this long.”

David Martin, who took the photograph of the damaged sculpture, went into the cafe at the Hebden Bridge Town Hall on Tuesday morning and saw the extent of the damage.

“It was quite a poignant sculpture and a lot of people had used it for reflection. It’s sad,” said David.

‘Loss is Eternal’ was created by Hebden Bridge-based sand artist Jamie Wardley. was situated at the Hebden Bridge Town Hall courtyard.

The sand sculpture, pictured above in its prime, depicted the moment a wife of a soldier opens a letter during World War One and finds out he has been killed in action.

The letter the woman received read ‘we regret to inform you your husband has been killed in action.’

“When I made her in August she was only 30-years-old, this is the approximate age in which wives may have learnt about the passing of their husbands or brothers,” said Jamie.

“To illustrate that grief is eternal and never really leaves us, I decided to age her. In October she became 65-years-old and she was 90-years-old when I finished her,” he added.

The final transition of the sand sculpture was completed on Monday, November 10.

Loss is Eternal is part of Sand in your Eye’s ‘We are Human’ series that portrays the concept that although everyone is different, we all have a right to happiness.

The sculpture was commissioned by Hebden Bridge Town Council as part of the 100 year anniversary of the start of World War One.