Neil’s art of remembrance

Pictured handing over artist Neil Molloy's sculpture to the North East Aircarft Museum are Air Training Corps cadets from 111 Squadron Sunderland F/O Kelly Molloy, Cpl, Jose Miller and Sgt. Jon Braviner with Neil Molloy (2nd left) and John Stelling (2nd right) vice chairman on the NEAM.
Pictured handing over artist Neil Molloy's sculpture to the North East Aircarft Museum are Air Training Corps cadets from 111 Squadron Sunderland F/O Kelly Molloy, Cpl, Jose Miller and Sgt. Jon Braviner with Neil Molloy (2nd left) and John Stelling (2nd right) vice chairman on the NEAM.
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A NEW sculpture has been unveiled at a Wearside museum in time for Remembrance Day.

Artist Neil Malloy has created the piece on behalf of the RAF Cadets in Grindon, Sunderland and it was presented to the North East Aircraft Museum.

Neil, 51, a lecturer in fine art at City of Sunderland College, said he was thrilled to be able to make the sculpture, which depicts a pair of boots and flying goggles like those which would have been worn by pilots in the Second World War.

The Sunderland artist, who has always had a keen interest in aircraft, is involved with the RAF Cadets because his daughter, Kelly, 29, runs the Grindon group and they decided they wanted to do something special for the museum.

Neil said: “We made a visit to the museum last year and they were saying it was going to be expanding and housing military vehicles. I just thought it would be nice to create a sculpture for it and was commissioned by the cadets to do it.”

Neil and representatives from the cadets went along to the museum to hand over the sculpture in time for the Remembrance Day service there, which will be held on Sunday at 2pm.

He said staff at the museum were delighted with the finished piece and he hopes to work with them again to create more sculptures to represent the other armed services.

The artist said: “It was lovely to be able to do this and give something back to the community. The museum is incredible and we are so lucky to have it on our doorstep.”

Plans are underway to create a Remembrance Garden at the aircraft museum site and Neil’s sculpture could be placed on display there.

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