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Plan for giant Robin Hood statue

Robin Hood statue
There is a smaller statue of Robin Hood outside the castle

A businessman says he wants to build a Robin Hood monument in Nottingham as tall as the Statue of Liberty.

James Mellors, who is behind the Nottingham Eye, the temporary big wheel in the Old Market Square, is in talks with architects to design the statue.

He is now calling on MPs to lobby the government for money to fund it, which he believes could be about 20m.

"It's got to be big and very bold so we can attract tourism to the city," Mr Mellors said.

"We've got a wonderful city centre and this is something that the people of Nottingham would like to see happen."

The city council is setting up a taskforce to help promote Robin Hood in the city after the Tales of Robin Hood attraction was put into voluntary liquidation after falling visitor numbers.

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