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THE DAVID LLOYD GEORGE STATUE APPEAL TRUST

This article examines the anxiety which emerged during the late 1990s to secure a major open-air statue for David Lloyd George in central London, a striking omission which Lloyd George fans were most desirous of eliminating. Three Lloyd George statues already existed – at Caernarfon (1921), Cardiff (1960) and within the Palace of Westminster (1963). The article looks at the subsequent setting up of the Lloyd George Statue Appeal Trust in 1997, its activities, prominent activists and their individual contributions, and the long, difficult campaign to raise the most substantial sum of money, almost £400,000, necessary to finance the ambitious project. This eventually came to fruition, rather later than planned, with the unveiling of the impressive monument by Charles, Prince of Wales at a high-profile ceremony at Parliament Square on 25 October 2007. Some attention is then given to reactions to the ceremony itself and its significance.

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