New bench unveiled to create poet’s corner at Ottery Library
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A new £3,000 bench has been unveiled at Ottery Library to create a poet’s corner.
The bespoke seat has been financed through Section 106 cash – a levy paid by developers – and was officially opened on Saturday.
It is hoped that the bench will become part of a wider town project called the cultural triangle, which will comprise of the church, Queen Victoria Monument, the proposed Coleridge sculpture, the old town hall and the library.
Award-winning designer Angus Ross made the bench out of Scottish oak and designed it to look like an open book; it has two quotes from Ottery poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge carved in it.
Councillor Josefina Gori, who was part of team responsible for the bench, said: “The money was for town enhancement so it couldn’t be a normal bench, it had to be bespoke. Perhaps the Poet’s Corner bench will one day inspire some new poetry.”
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An interpretation board will be made by the Men’s Shed and installed on the library terrace informing people about the bench.
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