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When his sculpture reflecting the sheer horror of World War One was lowered onto a seafront just a few miles from his hometown, Ray Lonsdale didn’t expect it to receive the welcome it did.

The imposing metal sculpture entitled 1101 - owing to the fact the armistice went into effect at 11am on November 11, 1918 - stands 9ft 5ins tall at Seaham, in County Durham.

The statue, built out of special corteen steel, was installed to mark the centenary of the start of the Great War and was only expected to remain in place for three months.

But after winning the hearts of hundreds of visitors to the town, it could now be exhibited permanently.

Around £72,000 has been raised to keep the 1.2-tonne statue in the town, and fundraisers are only £12,000 from their target. The Journal included it in its list of 100 great things about the North East - alongside more established landmarks like Hadrian’s Wall and the Tyne Bridge - and regular crowds are flocking to Seaham to take in the artwork.

In the process, Ray’s work has been catapulted into the public eye and his journey from metal worker to fully fledged artist has been completed.

He said: “There was always a big risk with Tommy because there was no sale for it. It was just a case of me biting the bullet and having hope that someone somewhere would buy it. There was no guarantee that it would have sold and it could have ended up sitting around for sometime.

“Finally great things happened and they are just about there with the money now.”

The artwork, which was installed in May has attracted hundreds of visitors to Seaham, many of whom have donated cash to the Save Tommy campaign. A Facebook page called Mission 1101 has attracted more than 4,000 members with many pledging to support to Tommy, which is situated on Terrace Green.

“I was surprised by the level of support 1101 got,” said Ray. “I’ve had a positive reaction to a lot of my work but not by as many people as this. The whole town has pulled together to put money in the buckets and raise cash to keep it here. That is a new experience.”

After leaving school Ray, 49, of South Hetton in County Durham, qualified as a maintenance fitter and began working at Coles Cranes in Sunderland, which closed in 1996.

Following the factory’s closure Ray set up his own steel fabrication business, where he produced bins, seats and railings for local authorities and private clients.

He always had an interest in art and at school he was always encouraged to go onto to art college.

But it wasn’t until 2007 that Ray decided to start his career in art and changed the name of his business to Two Red Rubber Things.

The father-of-two said: “In 2002 I got back into art and drawing on an evening and I decided to try and combine my work and interest. That’s when I produced my first piece. I got into a competition at the Biscuit Factory and I won the competition.

“That gave me the confidence to try and do a bit more and over the next five years I completed more and more art work. There was a gradual change-over from steel to artistic steel work.

“Someone told me that I would never stand a chance making it in the art industry unless I had a degree in art. I started college but I soon realised it wasn’t for me.

“I decided to do things off my own back and that’s how I started and finally things were well received.

“I didn’t feel I had time to do an art degree. It would take seven years and I felt I would be wasting opportunities.

“I just wanted to push myself. I’m big on having a go and I never wanted to get to a point in my life where I would think ‘I wish I would have tried that’.

“I kept the steel work going alongside the art work and it wasn’t until 2007 when I changed the name of the business and decided to take a chance with the art.”

Ray now has 30 life size statues under his belt and another six large scale pieces. These include The Big Dance at Gretna Green - a 14ft depiction of a couple’s hands - which was put in place in time for Valentine’s Day, a soldier on a bench at North Bay, Scarborough and the Filey Fisherman, in Filey.

Ray, who lives with wife Bev, said: “I like to create work that people can take something from it. Public art should be for the public. I don’t agree that it is an artist’s job to educate the public about art but if they like it then it’s been a success.

“I like people to look at it and appreciate it and appreciate the work that’s gone into it. I also like them to look deeper into it and find the story behind it.”

“Previously I would make seats, bins and railings. I had to get used to people buying my work for the way it looked rather than for its functional purpose.

“It felt strange at first. I realised that people were having a positive reaction to my work and that’s something I got used to, which was nice.”

Ray is keeping quite tight-lipped about his next project but he admits he’s been approached by local authorities.

He said: “I have completed a lot of drawings since 1101 and I’ve been approached by a couple of authorities with ideas but nothing has been finalised yet.”

Leaving his full-time profession to concentrate on his dream to make it as an artist was a risk but Ray has not looked back since, citing his family’s support for helping make the leap.

He said: “Bev has been fully supportive. She had a lot of faith in me when I didn’t. If it wasn’t for her I wouldn’t be any of this at all.”

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After 3 years in I.T. I'm pleased to say I'm back working with my life's true passion as a #travelagent   

I won't be spamming your feeds with deals on G+ as most of my followers are in the US however if you are in the UK and are looking for a #holiday  , please consider giving me a call or drop me an email with your requirements to

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My install is growing by the hour to more than double what the original installer said it was so I'm not sure if it's foobarred or what? #gog   #wildhunt  
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Travel, More Travel, Web Design, Comedy, Optimism, Problem Solving, Troubleshooting, Having the patience of a Saint.
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    Your personal travel agent. Offering a great deal of integrity, total honesty and unbeatable prices.
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    IT Support Contractor, 2014 - 2015
    Providing 1st and 2nd line support at in Newcastle Upon Tyne
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    Owner of Easy When You Know I.T. Remotely solving your PC problems, Responsive Web Design at the best prices around and PC Tuition and Advice.
  • Tolent Construction
    IT Technical, 2011 - 2013
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    Co-Operative Personal Travel Advisors, 2011
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    2008 - 2011
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    2007 - 2008
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    2002 - 2007
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Hi, I'm Phill, a Self confessed Geek and gadget addict. I was once very much on the Dark Side (Apple) but thankfully saw the light and moved everything to Android. 

I've always had a passion for Travel since I started in the industry some 13 years ago. More recently I've been working in IT but thankfully I'm not back in Travel, working for a great local agency, JLM Travel, who are pary of the Hays Travel group.
On a more personal level I'd like to think I'm occasionally witty. I'm an eternal optimist, I don't see the point in being sad / down / angry about anything (for more than a few minutes anyway.)

Google+ and Twitter are my Social Networks of choice (@phillburns on Twitter.)
My Travel Facebook Page can be found at 

I often overuse brackets (ok, always) and Capitalise Letters unnecessarily.  

Oh and I like Amusing Cat videos...

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A Mackem, surviving in Newcastle
  • Southmoor Comprehensive
    1983 - 1988
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    BSc Computer Science, 1997 - 2001
  • City of Sunderland College
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Faultless in every way. The food is simply *unbelievable* and exceptional value. Helen and Rhian and their staff always extend a warm welcome to regulars and first timers alike. My partner and I agree that if we win the lottery, 1st on the list is a house in the village so we can visit daily!
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reviewed 6 months ago
Everything is cooked fresh to order so there is generally a queue but it's well worth the wait. Easily the best Fish 'n' Chips in the area if not the country. Great value for money too - the Jumbo Cod & Chips are easily the size of 3 'large' cod from most other chippies!
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reviewed a year ago
We've been to Blackfriars a few times now and never been disappointed. Lunchtime, Evening or Sunday Afternoon, the Fayre on offer is always 1st class. The Sunday Lunch was voted best in the North East for good reason. It's truly delicious (although an extra gravy boat is always needed in my humble opinion.) at £15 for a Starter and Main or £18 including a dessert for the early bird / Sunday Lunch menu it's pretty good value too. Evenings are a bit more expensive but again not overly priced for food of this quality. The House wines are average at best, worth paying a touch more for a better bottle. They have some unusual but lovely, locally produced beers and ciders too. My better half is particularly fond of the raspberry beer. The decor is great and there's always a nice ambience about the place. In summary it's one of the best eateries in Newcastle. Second to none for the price.
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Food: ExcellentDecor: ExcellentService: Very Good
Public - 2 years ago
reviewed 2 years ago
Always excellent for both dine-in and take away.
Food: ExcellentDecor: ExcellentService: Excellent
Public - 2 years ago
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1st visit here for us despite only living 5 minutes away. Can't fault the service or the decor but it was let down by decidedly mediocre food. We went for one of the set banquet affairs, which consisted of the usual Soup > Duck > 3 Dishes with Fried Rice. The starter was edible, The duck & pancakes were very tasty. The 3 mains weren't good at all. The mains were a Chinese vegetable dish with sesame seeds that was bitter and drowned in a watery Soy Sauce. A chicken and cashew nut dish served in a birds nest. The chicken was anemic, glutenous and lacking in flavour. The sizzling beef in cantonese sauce dish was the best of the three but in all honesty even that was no better than an average take-away. The bill came to approx £45 with a drink each which about what I would have expected to pay, if the food had been of a Stowell Street quality but sadly it was far from it.
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Food: Poor - FairDecor: GoodService: Very Good
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We often go for Sunday Lunch, it is simply *unbeatable* If they sold the Gravy on draught I'd have a pint! Generally some cracking offers on mid-week too, Steak and Wine for 2 for £25 being one recent example. Check their website for the offers as they change regularly. Whilst its around a 40 minute drive from home, It's worth the trip. The staff are always accommodating and helpful. Service is great and food always piping hot. It's probably the only place we go where the kids clear their plates and they are the fussiest of things! Genuinely we can't fault the place. I must have been for at least 50 meals over the years and not had a single complaint, ever. The decor is great too, with the bar area resembling the upturned hull of a boat with plenty of nautical themed props tastefully scattered around. The restaurant upstairs has a more intimate feel so they can cater for any mood or occasion. We've never stayed at the hotel with it being fairly close to home so can't pass comment on that side of it.
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Quality: ExcellentFacilities: ExcellentService: Excellent
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We have been to Escobar twice now, once for lunch, once for an evening meal before visiting the nearby cinema and it's been superb both times. For those that aren't familiar with the concept it is a Brazilian, all you can eat restaurant. I am not usually a fan of this idea, Big Lukes a few doors away is my idea of food hell. Sub-standard meat that sits around for hours on end under hot lamps until some unfortunate soul decides to devour it. Escobar is different. There is a well presented salad bar, offering tastier than average faire, cous cous, freshly made coleslaw, new potatoes etc. As well as a couple of hot plates serving Chilli, Sautéed Mushrooms or Brazilian stew (which doesnt look overly appealing but tastes devine.) The Brazilian chef is usually the one that checks it too, which was nice to see. Once you have your salad the fun begins! You each have a disc on your table, one side green, the other red. If its green that means go... The staff regularly flit around the restaurant with a huge array of freshly cooked meats on. The quality comes into it's own at this point. Everything from spit roasted glazed gammon joints, succulent fillet steak, chicken, pork, black pudding (awesome), rost beef, lamb, ribs and more (even a hot, marinated pineapple made an appearance at one point. Once you have reached bursting point or just need a breather, flip your disc to red and the staff will bypass you while it remains red. The salad bar is checked constantly and dishes replaced rather than refilled. There are a variety of prices throughout the day from £12.95 for lunch to £16.95 for an evening sitting. The only difference we could see was that the fillet steak didn't make an appearance on the lunchtime sitting. We heard people contemplating a visit that were saying it was too expensive. Yes it is a bit more than other eateries in the same location but you get what you pay for. Personally I think it is a bargain due to the vast amount of quality, variety and quantity of meat on offer. Give it a try, you won't be disappointed.
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Public - 2 years ago
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