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Leicester: Elephant Man statue plan shelved as appeal falls short

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A statue of Joseph Merrick - the so-called Elephant Man - will not be put up in his hometown of Leicester after a campaign failed to raise enough money.

Local historian and Merrick biographer Jo Vigor-Mungovin started the appeal in 2019, hoping to raise £130,000.

The target was later lowered to £67,000 but only a fraction was collected, amid some criticism of the idea.

Mrs Vigor-Mungovin has now said "no-one is interested" and that she would back plans for a plaque instead.




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