She’s back on the stage - The Worcester Observer

She’s back on the stage

Worcester Editorial 10th Aug, 2018   0

A REPAIRED statue of music hall star Vesta Tilley has returned to Cornmarket next to ‘Arthur the Giraffe in Banana Pyjamas’ one of the Worcester Stands Tall giraffes.

The statue was damaged last year and had been taken away for repair.

Vesta Tilley’s statue was initially unveiled in September 2016 as part of the county council’s revamp of the Cornmarket area. Vesta Tilley was chosen by the public to along with, William Shakespeare and Anne Hathaway, King Charles and the Reverend Geoffrey Studdert Kennedy, otherwise known as Woodbine Willie.

Cabinet member for Economy and Infrastructure, Coun Ken Pollock said: “It is fantastic to see this statue repaired and returned to Cornmarket. We hope that with a Worcester Stands Tall giraffe being placed nearby it will bring even more people to Cornmarket to welcome Vesta back.”

Matilda Alice Powles also known as Vesta Tilley was a music hall star born in Worcester in 1864 and was once one of the world’s best paid female entertainers.

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