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Working Dog Sculptures : unveiling
Published Tuesday, 25th November 2014
The unveiling of the two remaining working dog sculptures will take place on Thursday 27 November 2014 at 11.00 a.m. at Parkside (Council Offices).
The existing life and a half sized bronze sculpture of a German Shepherd installed in December 2013, will be joined by his canine colleagues, the Labrador and Springer Spaniel at Melton’s Heritage Gardens at the Council Offices, Parkside.
The sculptures, commissioned from internationally renowned local artist Lloyd Leblanc (see www.leblancfineart.com), celebrate the courage and partnership of all military working dogs and their handlers trained in Melton Mowbray since 1946.
Working dogs trained in Melton have also been awarded the PDSA Dickin Medal – a rare award for gallantry which is recognised as the animals’ Victoria Cross and is awarded to animals displaying devotion to duty while serving or associated with any branch of the Armed Forces or Civil Defence Units.
Representatives of the Defence Animal Centre (RAVC), together with other local dignitaries and guests will be attending the event, hosted by the Mayor of the Borough of Melton, Councillor John Wyatt.