Councillors agree to consider statue of late Queen Elizabeth in Bangor

The late Queen is to be honoured with a memorial and a legacy programme
A proposal has been made for a statue of Queen Elizabeth in Bangor, Co Down. (Toby Melville/PA)

Plans are underway to erect a statue of the late Queen Elizabeth in Bangor, Co Down following an agreement by councillors.

Members of Ards and North Down Borough Council’s Corporate Services Committee backed a motion for a report to be drawn up on costing for a memorial to the late British monarch in Bangor’s Marine Gardens.

The motion by independent councillors Wesley Irvine and Steven Irvine states that the consideration for a statue was “in recognition of the 70 years of service rendered” by Queen Elizabeth, who died in September 2022 at the age of 96.

Bangor Central councillor Wesley Irevine, told the committee: “I feel it is very fitting that we as a council commemorate the life of our longest reigning monarch, and it is appropriate given the longevity of service, and the high esteem that her late majesty was held in throughout the borough, throughout the country and the Commonwealth.”

He added her reign was “defined by grace, elegance and a tireless work ethic”.

The report on the proposal will involve an equality impact assessment.

In May 2022 Bangor was awarded city status as part of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, along with eight other towns across the UK.