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This bronze statue of Edwin Flack (1873-1935) shows the athlete in a runner’s starting position with his right leg forward and right hand resting on his leg and left hand on hip, positioned on a rectangular timber base. The sculpture was created by artist Smiley Williams and is a replica of the half life-size statue in High Street, Berwick, by the same artist. Smiley Williams was commissioned to create the statue by the Edwin Flack Centenary Committee, established in 1995, to commemorate 100 years since Flack competed at the Athens Games.

In the Athens 1896 Olympic Games, the first Olympic Games of the modern era, Edwin Flack won the 800 metre and 1500 metre athletic events. Flack was one of the most popular athletes at the 1896 Games and became fondly known as the 'Lion of Athens'. Edwin Flack owned and operated a dairy farm in Berwick and has been laid to rest in the Berwick Cemetery.
Artist/Maker and role
Smiley Williams: Artist
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Media/Materials description
bronze, timber
28.0 x 24.0 x 6.0 cm
Signature & date
Inscription on base "98 6/35"
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Part of 2 highlight sets