Anger as heron is knocked off its Loughshore perch

The elegant bronze statue of the Heron at Loughshore Park before it was destroyed earlier this month. INNT 34-225-CON
The elegant bronze statue of the Heron at Loughshore Park before it was destroyed earlier this month. INNT 34-225-CON
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THE wanton destruction of a beautiful piece of artwork at the newly revamped Loughshore Park in Jordanstown has met with anger and disgust from local elected representatives.

The striking sculpture of a Heron which has graced the parkland in recent times, bringing pleasure to many, has been destroyed only weeks after the park was officially opened to much fanfare by the Northern Ireland Minister for Tourism, Arlene Foster MLA.

The Heron’s legs were severed from its perch earlier this month. Now all that is left behind ahead of the borough’s flagship summer event - the Shoreline Festival - which is set to draw crowds to Loughshore Park over the coming Bank Holiday weekend - is an unsightly-looking vacant plinth.

Alliance councillor for University Ward, Tom Campbell has condemned those behind the serious criminal damage to the sculpture.

“I encountered the damaged plinth whilst walking my dog and was disgusted at the extent of the damage,” Mr Campbell told the Times.

Read the full story in this week’s Times...