VIDEO: Boxing star unveils statue

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Olympic gold medal boxer Nicola Adams cut the ribbon on a giant scorpion statue built by apprentices at Forgemasters.

The flyweight fighter, who trains at the English Institute of Sport in Sheffield, unveiled the huge sculpture which will sit just inside gate 2 of the Brightside Lane site.

Forgemasters Sculpture of a Scorpion , opened by Olympic Gold Medal winner Nicola Adams

Forgemasters Sculpture of a Scorpion , opened by Olympic Gold Medal winner Nicola Adams

The scorpion, which is four metres high, two metres wide and six metres long, was built by 21 apprentices at Sheffield Forgemasters using recycled metals found on the 64-acre site.

The idea for the scorpion, which was designed by public arts sculptor Robin Widdowson and guest artist Sara Beavan, came from Forgemasters’ chief executive Graham Honeyman.

In a speech before the scorpion was revealed, Mr Honeyman said he hoped the statue would become an icon landmark in the city.

“This project has been carried out for six months by our apprentices. They have worked on it day and night and we’re very proud of them,” he said

Forgemasters Group Director Peter Birtles said: “We’re investing in the long term future of Forgemasters with our apprentices and hopefully the sculpture will be here for many years to come.”

Apprentice Charlie Laycock, aged 19, from Ridgeway, worked as a fabrication manager on the project.

He said: “It was a good project to work on and we’ve all enjoyed it.”

Charlie, who finishes his apprenticeship at the end of this year, added: “It has given everyone experience in doing things they’ve not done before and we’ve all had to work as a team to achieve the finished piece.”