12:42pm Tuesday 22nd October 2013 in Letters
WHEN the dust has settled, literally and metaphorically speaking, over the mural in John Frost Square, we will still have a tangible depiction of the Chartists’ struggle and march (I think!) in the shape of the bronzes in Westgate Square.
Unfortunately, despite there being many illustrations, prints and enactments pertaining to the event, I, as yet, have failed to see any obvious connection between the movement’s struggle and this group of nondescript, allegorical casts.
Surely, made from the existing bronze figures, a simple, eye- catching and easily understood (by we less enlightened folk), life-size group of figures of John Frost, backed by a few supporters, offering the charter to the then mayor of Newport, Thomas Phillips, backed in turn by an armed trooper, actually where it happened, would illustrate the significance and tension of the moment far better.
Derek Everett Crindau Road Newport
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