Today marks the first anniversary of Damien Hirst’s Verity statue to Ilfracombe.
The controversial 22-metre sculpture of a naked, pregnant, sword-wielding woman was was hoisted into place at Ilfracombe pier exactly one year ago.
To celebrate Verity’s one year anniversary, we’re asking readers of the Journal to send us their best pictures of Verity.
Perhaps you live locally and have captured her silhouette on the seafront, or perhaps you’ve visited the area to see her in all her glory.
Whatever your picture, we want you to send it in to us for inclusion in an online gallery.
Email your pictures to email@example.com or send them to us on Twitter: @NDJournal or on Facebook www.facebook.com/NDJournal.
The statue, which has been loaned to the town for 20 years by world-renowned artist Damien Hirst, has been given as the reason for higher visitor numbers in the area.
Councillor Mike Edmunds, executive member for development at Ilfracombe, said the statue had created a buzz around the town for the last year.
He said: "More visitors mean more business in the town and that can only be a good thing. I know many people were dubious about Verity's arrival.
“Love her or hate though, I hope everyone can see how she has benefited Ilfracombe and will hopefully continue to do so in the future.
“Still, the council mustn't rest on its laurels. This is only the start of developing Ilfracombe to make it a far more prosperous community."
North Devon Council said the number of tickets bought at the pier car park had risen by nearly 7,000 year-on-year since Verity’s arrival.
Councillor Paul Yabsley, local ward member, said many businesses were reporting a “significant” increase in trade.
He said: "I have asked many businesses in Ilfracombe how this summer has been compared to recent ones and many are reporting a significant increase in trade. One hotelier reported a 53% increase. Many objectors have come around and are also now embracing the unique visitor to our town."
Two information boards have now been installed by Damien Hirst's company Science Ltd. One has been placed on Lantern Hill, the other along Marine Drive. A third, next to Verity on The Pier, is due to be installed soon, along with other improvement works to the viewing area.
VIDEO: Footage of Verity being raised on October 16 last year: