Views wanted on statue honouring Berwick strongman

Plans to erect a new statue honouring one of Berwick’s most famous former sons are moving forward.

Thursday, 28th February 2019, 12:22 pm
Updated Wednesday, 27th February 2019, 10:27 am
A model of Jimmy Strength in Berwick Museum.

Local character James Stuart, or Jimmy Strength as he was fondly known, was a local legend even before he died in 1844.

A statue to him was erected before his death and stood in various locations around town before it was damaged beyond repair in the early 1950s.

Since that time Jimmy has not been honoured in the town but Berwick Town Council aims to redress this by commissioning a new statue.

However, it needs the support of local residents to tell them what they think of the idea.

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Coun Robert Bruce said: “We’re currently applying for grants to fund a statue and plinth to celebrate Jimmy but we need your help.

“We know that people are interested in supporting the statue but need to show just how strong local feeling is to help our case.

“We’ve launched a short survey on social media to gauge people’s feelings.

“Click the link of Berwick Town Council’s Facebook page or Twitter stream to support us.”

Berwick school children still learn of his feats of strength and colourful life, including carrying a horse over the Old Bridge to avoid the toll.

Fittingly the statue is planned to be sited in the Queen’s Gardens next to the Old Bridge on the Tweedmouth side of the river.