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Mowlam memorial fund tops target

Mo Mowlam
Ms Mowlam received an honorary degree from Teesside University

A fund for a permanent memorial celebrating the life of former Teesside MP Mo Mowlam has surpassed its target.

Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council hoped to raise 12,000 for a mosaic tribute to the former Redcar MP, who died in August 2005, aged 55.

But council officials have revealed they had topped the figure by 2,000.

Artist John Todd has already designed the mosaic, which will be installed beside Redcar boating lake, opposite Ms Mowlam's former home.

The scheme was selected from more than 30 suggestions made by the public.

'Loved person'

More than 500 ceramic tiles in a three-metre diameter circle will be used to create the mosaic.

The centrepiece will be a portrait of the former Northern Ireland Secretary which will be surrounded by images including Redcar Racecourse, where she celebrated her wedding, and the local beach, where she used to walk.

The committee of former Redcar and Cleveland Council mayors and councillors who launched the memorial appeal issued a statement of thanks.

"When we launched the fund, we knew it was something that the people of Redcar and Cleveland would appreciate.

"Mo was a very, very loved person and this will be a unique memorial for the town.

"Mo would not have appreciated a statue - she used to say they were for the birds.

"Now we want to see it in place so everyone can enjoy it."

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