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Nursery fame marked in Banbury
Banbury Cross, the scene of one of Britain's best-known nursery rhymes is soon to be marked by the work of a team of Staffordshire sculptors.

The Cross will get its own "fine lady on a white horse" in the New Year, courtesy of a team of sculptors known for their iconic works.

Art Cycle - made up of sculptors Carl Payne, Julian Jeffries and Andrew Edwards - were commissioned by the leaders of the Oxfordshire town to celebrate the site's fame with a statue.

The "Ride A Cock Horse" nursery rhyme is believed to have been written about a visit by Queen Elizabeth I to the Oxfordshire town.

New landmark

The original stone cross in the town has long since been destroyed and another monument put in its place.

But the team of artists from Stoke-on-Trent have created a new landmark for the site.

The life-and-a-quarter size moulding of the lady on her horse is now ready for casting in bronze.

It is hoped the statue can be lowered into place at Banbury Cross next June.

Among Art Cycle's recent works is the statue of Stanley Matthews outside Stoke City's Britannia Stadium.

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