Phil Townsend


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Title:   ‘Aycliffe Angels’

Location:   Newton Aycliffe, Co Durham, 2000

Materials:   Dunhouse Buff Sandstone 

Description:   This sculpture is a long awaited memorial to the ‘Aycliffe Angels’, the hundreds of women who carried out the dangerous work in Newton Aycliffe’s huge complex of munitions factories during the war. The life size sculpture portrays two women in their 1940’s working dress, one, a supervisor, listening to the concerns of a younger shop floor worker as she reads a letter from the battlefield. The unveiling was attended by dozens of former ‘Angels’, delighted with the belated recognition.