Life-size statue of Larkin to be put up in Paragon Station – despite divided opinion
LIKE the giant plastic toads he inspired, Philip Larkin still divides opinion 25 years after his death.
And the jury is still out over a proposed new statue commemorating the late poet in Hull's Paragon Station.
The city council's planning committee gave the idea the go-ahead yesterday.
But there were still dissenting voices over the prospect of seeing a life-sized bronze figure of Larkin on the station concourse rushing to catch a train.
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The design by internationally-acclaimed sculptor Martin Jennings takes it cue from the opening lines of The Whitsun Wedding, one of his most famous poems.
Among those less than impressed was local railway historian John Morfin, who attended the meeting to put his own official letter of objection into words.
"I am not bothered if it is a statue of Philip Larkin or Mickey Mouse.
"Paragon Station was specifically designed with an open concourse. It has never been defiled with a statue and it should not be defiled now," he said.
However, councillors voted 7-1 in favour of the application.
Councillor John Nicholson said the station was the perfect choice for the statue.
"We need things like this in the city to draw visitors in. The problem with having it at the university is that trains don't go there," he added.