Damien Hirst Verity signs anger Ilfracombe shopkeepers

Verity Photographed by Steve Russell © Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. All rights reserved, DACS 2012 The statue has been given to Ilfracombe on a 20-year loan

Signs directing visitors to Damien Hirst's Verity statue in Ilfracombe have been changed after complaints from shopkeepers.

Traders said the signs for the statue put up in October took traffic away from the High Street.

Verity, a 65ft (20m) high bronze statute of a naked pregnant woman wielding a sword, went up in the harbour.

A meeting with the town council led to the signs being changed.

Kate Dockings from Ilfracombe Indoor Market, said: "They were pointing round the edge of town so people were skirting round the edge, rather than coming into the town."

The statue has been given to the seaside town by Hirst on a 20-year loan.

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