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Steel statue tribute of mill girl
Steel sculpture of Millie
Millie will be acid peeled to stop her from rusting
A unique piece of art has been placed near a Lancashire railway station as a permanent tribute to a town's cotton mill heritage.

The 6ft (1.83m) high steel sculpture of a cotton mill girl, seen next to Colne railway station, was made by Claire Bigger from Clitheroe.

Next to the statue is a story about the life of a cotton mill worker.

The stainless steel artwork has been named Millie and will be officially unveiled in a few weeks time.

Councillor Dorothy Lord, Chair of Colne in Bloom Committee, said that the town wanted to do something unique to "complement the flower beds already in place at the Railway Station."

She said: "Lots of ideas were discussed, but when the idea of a mill girl came up, we all agreed it was absolutely perfect.

"Colne was built on cotton mills so what better way to celebrate our town's history for years to come, than a permanent visual reminder."

Millie will be officially unveiled in the next few weeks once planning permission has been granted.

Whether Millie will need to undergo a cosmetic makeover after being out in Lancashire's winter weather is not known. But Ms Lord believes Millie will not rust in the rain.

"Millie will be acid-peeled to prevent her from rusting, so she'll just need a jet wash every so often and for our project manager Derek to go down now and again with a feather duster."

The statue was commissioned by the Colne in Bloom Committee and funded by local businessman Lee Deurden.

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