Top sculptor delight to bring his talents home

Sculptor Richard Broderick with one of his creations at the Millennium Bridge in Newcastle. Picture by John Alevroyiannis.
Sculptor Richard Broderick with one of his creations at the Millennium Bridge in Newcastle. Picture by John Alevroyiannis.
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A sculptor who was involved in the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations at Buckingham Palace will show his talents in the borough.

Richard Broderick, whose work has featured in carnivals and parades on both sides of the Atlantic, is bringing his expertise and some of his giant structures to Whitley Bay Carnival on Saturday, May 23.

I jumped at the chance of getting involved in the carnival

Richard Broderick

The Whitley Bay-based sculptor, who played a huge part in the acclaimed Derry 2013 City of Culture parade, has been helping local schools and community groups to design costumes for the parade whilst creating large carnival structures to be carried in the procession.

Flying fish will be accompanied by specially commissioned giant sailing boats which will ‘race’ their way from the start of the procession to the Spanish City Plaza, paying homage to the popular boat race that once took place on the town’s carnival day.

Richard said: “I jumped at the chance of getting involved in the carnival; I’ve lived in the town for the past 30 years and I’m delighted that the carnival has made a comeback thanks to the efforts of Whitley Bay Big Local.”

Children, community groups, choirs, bands and orchestras will form part of the procession from Whitley Bay Metro station to Spanish City.