Valentine love for Cupid

The Venus and Cupid sculpture in Morecambe.
The Venus and Cupid sculpture in Morecambe.

It is almost three years since an artist made a loving gesture on Valentine’s Day.

On February 14 2012, Shane Johnstone gave art fans the chance to safeguard the future of the Venus and Cupid sculpture on Morecambe seafront.

Now the Venus and Cupid Arts Trust are nearing their goal of preserving the statue for future generations.

The trust is close to a £10,000 target to pay for a licence for the sculpture and keep it on the promenade near Morecambe Golf Club.

They will mark the occasion by holding a St Valentine’s sale at Silverdale’s Gaskell Memorial Hall on Saturday from 10am to noon.

Siân Johnson, chair of the trust, said: “We need one more big push to get within sight of our £10,000 target.

“Volunteers have been collecting some lovely things for the sale and we have great hopes for a successful day.”

Mr Johnstone, who created the sculpture of a mother swinging her child, originally planned to destroy it, frustrated after talks with Lancaster City Council broke down.

But he withdrew his threat after 1,000 people signed a petition asking him to relent.

Lovers of the sculpture then formed a trust to raise funds. They are now £1,665 short of the target thanks to donations from local people at events held all over the district.

All are welcome at the sale which will have a raffle and a 100 prize tombola as well as bric-a-brac, books, clothes, toys, games and cakes, jams and pickles. It runs from 10am to noon.