Fitzgerald (Civil Engineer Contractors)

NEW HOME FOR ‘KING OF THE CASTLE’

A well known West Bromwich statue has been restored and unveiled in its new location.

The ‘I am the King of the Castle’ statue previously sat outside Queen’s Square Shopping Centre in West Bromwich High Street. However, due to improvements to the shopping centre’s entrance, the statue has been looking for a new home since being removed in October 2012.

Following its removal, Sandwell Council asked people to suggest a new home for the statue. Dozens of ideas were received and the statue has now been restored and relocated to Duchess Parade in West Bromwich town centre.

Sandwell Council used the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) to pay for the statue to be restored and relocated as part of its commitment to improve public spaces within the borough.

In the last year work has taken place to lay new paving, install benches, street lighting, trees and refurbish the market stalls along Duchess and Princess Parade.

Councillor Ian Jones, Sandwell’s cabinet member for jobs and economy said: “The statue now takes pride of place at the entrance to the new look Duchess Parade, welcoming visitors to the busy High Street and Market Place. The council is committed to improving the appearance of public spaces within the borough to attract visitors and investors.”

The statue, which depicts an elephant with a castle on its back, containing a lion, was created by artist Laura Ford and was originally unveiled by Councillor C.R. Davis on the 30th January 1990.