Memorial unveiled in honour of Cllr Brian Edwards MBE
Released on 23 July 2022
A specially-commissioned sculpture has been revealed in memory of South Staffordshire Council's late leader Councillor Brian Edwards MBE, bearing two key landmarks he was key in creating.
Hundreds of people turned out for the unveiling of the large wooden memorial which, carved by chainsaw, bears key landmarks from across the district in the form of a map of South Staffordshire.
The event took place shortly before the iconic Queen's Baton Relay arrived at the council's Codsall Community Hub, after which the Hub was officially opened, and an awards ceremony held in Cllr Edwards' honour.
The memorial, which was officially presented to the public by Brian's son Chris Edwards, was sculpted by acclaimed South Staffordshire artist 'Robot', who is renowned for his craft across the region – including the creation of the Wolves statues in Wolverhampton.
The plaque on the memorial sculpture
Chris, who was joined at the event by Cllr Edwards' wife Barbara and other family members, said he was 'touched and heartened' by the creation of the memorial in his late father's honour.
It was lovely to see so many people turn out for the event," said Chris.
“My father spent many years of his life working hard to achieve great results for the residents of South Staffordshire and he truly loved the district and its council.
“He was also hugely devoted to the new Codsall Community Hub, so to have this artwork installed in his name outside the building is wonderful."
Councillor Brian Edwards MBE
The Brian Edwards Memorial, made from red cedar wood, depicts many things close to the former Kinver councillor's heart, such as the Kinver Rock Houses, the i54 and the Staffordshire Knot.
Councillor Roger Lees, leader of South Staffordshire Council described Brian as 'an exemplary leader: fair, honest, and generous with his time'.
“Brian was incredibly proud of South Staffordshire Council and all that we achieved together over the years," said Cllr Lees.
“He provided an outstanding service to the people and businesses of South Staffordshire. He was passionate about the district and his Kinver residents.
Lord Lieutenant of Staffordshire Ian Dudson with the Brian Edwards MBE Memorial Sculpture
“We are also here today to mark the opening of Codsall Community Hub, a project he described as his baby, and he would have been so proud of what we have achieved. This memorial piece portrays the district he served outside the building he loved.
Dave Heywood, Chief Executive of the council, described the memorial as 'a lasting piece which depicts Brian and celebrates his work'.
“On the front of the sculpture, we have the map of the district showing key areas of interest, including two that Brian was influential in creating including i54 and Codsall Community Hub," said Dave.
The memorial, with Lord Lieutenant of Staffordshire Ian Dudson and Gavin Williamson MP in the forefront
“This is an informative piece of art outside the council building showing the area it serves.
"Over the coming weeks, we will be adding information about the artwork displayed on the wall behind."
Brian became a member of the South Staffordshire District Council in May 1983, before becoming leader of the council in 2005.
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