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VIDEO: Ilfracombe cheers as Damien Hirst's Verity is illuminated

By NDJNews  |  Posted: November 24, 2012

  • Fireworks light up Verity at Ilfracombe's Party on the Pier event. Photo: Graham Pannell.

  • Verity illuminated

  • Verity illuminated

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A huge cheer went up in Ilfracombe last night when Damien Hirst's huge statue of a pregnant naked woman wielding a sword was illuminated for the first time.

Supporters of the statue, which has been a controversial addition to the town's pier, held a party attended by hundreds of people.

There was a countdown to the moment the lights were switched on followed by a massive cheer when the statue was lit up.

A fireworks display added to the party atmosphere.

Click here to view a full photo gallery from the event.

VIDEOS: Fireworks display at Ilfracombe's Party on the Pier event last night:

Videos uploaded by Pam Douglas.

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  • barumbcfc  |  November 25 2012, 11:39AM

    "Davedownunder" and "bangtastic" The answer to who and how much was paid by the council tax payer in Combe is nowt.it is a 20 year gift as I understand it from one the top artists in the WORLD,who also paid for the installation ! Love it or hate (personally it ain't my cup of tea)it has been wonderful for the traders of the town and I know as I am one. Had several people in my shop in the high st asking for directions to verity whilst spending money at my till. Dave sounds like you made the right decision in your mind to migrate down under with your opinion of the town and whilst totally agreeing with you on political correctness your not seriously saying has not hit the shores of dear old Alice springs yet.

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  • DownUnderDave  |  November 25 2012, 4:46AM

    What a hideous sight! I'm surprised the Navy hasn't used it for target practice. A statue of King Alfred holding a broadsword aloft, might have been more fitting...at least he had connections with Ilfracombe. The town had more going for it 50 years ago, ...and it had a proper pier, Campbells paddle steamers, a busy promenade, a bandstand, the Runnacleave and orchestra, the Gaumont Cinema, Luxmores, deckchairs and coffee at Rapparee Beach . There were always members of the police around, with the police station in Wildersmouth Road. I read in this newspaper that antisocial behaviour from dysfunctionals is quite prevalent in Ilfracombe these days. Such a shame really. It was dealt with by the local constabulary very effectively in days gone by. Political correctness was unheard of then. I also wondered (as many have) who would commission such a structure, on what's left of the pier, and who is paying for it? David Griffiths, Lithgow, NSW. Australia

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  • Bangtastic  |  November 24 2012, 5:12PM

    What a bizarre statue, who in their right mind agreed to get this commissioned and more importantly who paid for this dross?

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