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Gunpowder Plot sculpture unveiled in East Yorkshire

Sculpture in Welwick
Two of the four plotters were born in Welwick

A sculpture commemorating East Yorkshire's links to the Gunpowder Plot has been unveiled.

The 8ft (2.4m) tall statue of four of the plotters, including Guy Fawkes, has been erected in Welwick to mark the defeat of the Gunpowder Plot in 1605.

Two of the conspirators, brothers John (Jack) and Christopher (Kit) Wright, were born in the village.

The sculpture, off the B1445 near Plowlands Farm, was unveiled by Graham Stuart, MP for Beverley and Holderness.

'Quite rebellious'

The Conservative MP said: "The Gunpowder Plot is a tale that we all know and love and this statue is a stark reminder of the reality of an event that is now just a story we tell our children.

"Two of the men involved in the plot, Jack and Kit Wright were brothers from Welwick and it seems fitting that their part in shaping, or not as the case was, the governance of our country is commemorated by the village."

The fourth conspirator depicted in the steel sculpture is that of Robert Catesby, the leader of the plot.

Resident Larry Malkin, who was involved in the project, said people in the village including farmers, local tradesmen and engineers had an input in the development of the sculpture.

"It's part of the nature of this village, we're quite a rebellious group here," he said.

"We thought we'd celebrate two local notorious people and the fact that they were born and brought up here at Plowlands Farm."

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