Banbury’s Fine Lady statue celebrates tenth anniversary

The Fine Lady Statue celebrates its tenth anniversary today (Monday). Picture taken by Diana Spitzley.  ENGNNL00120120229170507
The Fine Lady Statue celebrates its tenth anniversary today (Monday). Picture taken by Diana Spitzley. ENGNNL00120120229170507

Visitors from all over the globe have made Banbury’s Fine Lady statue an iconic English tourist attraction.

And this week, the huge bronze horse and his lady rider, scattering petals, celebrate ten years in their position within a few strides of our famed nursery rhyme monument, Banbury Cross.

“The statue was unveiled ten years ago, on April 27 by Princess Anne following a long fundraising project,” said Rosy Burke, a member of the original Fine Lady Appeal Committee led by Banbury appeals champion, Jack Friswell.

“This week, the Visit Banbury organisation has been tweeting using the hashtag #FineLadyDayBanbury and pictures of her have gone far and wide, strengthening even further Banbury’s appeal as a great place for tourists.”

Banbury artist Barry Whitehouse has even created a Wordpress blog with sketches to celebrate the first decade of the statue.

Ms Burke said: “I went down to the Cross on Sunday and an extended family had gathered from all over the UK with their relations from the USA and had come to Banbury especially to see the Cross and the statue.

“On Monday I went to put a birthday label and a posy on the horse’s foot and there was a visitor from Burma.

“The statue really has become an international attraction,” she said.

Mrs Burke has also created a video about the history of the Fine Lady Statue. Click on the video above to view it.