Keyingham man thanks community for support of artistic endeavours
By Tim Nuttall, Gazette Reporter
TEN months after a remembrance-themed
display captured the imagination of villagers in
Keyingham, the man behind its creation - and
a growing number of subsequent follow-up
displays - has shared his thanks for the support
shown by the local community.
Eagle-eyed residents, and even those who are
simply passing through, can’t have failed to notice
the succession of carefully crafted silhouettes of
various figures that have appeared in prominent
locations around the village in recent weeks.
The latest figure, a depiction of a young boy with
his hobby horse, was installed outside Flames on
Main Street only a few days ago.
Local joiner Duncan Kirk has been overwhelmed
by the positive response to his latest project which,
since July, has seen ten different silhouette images
installed on the walls of businesses and private
residences around the village.
Commenting on the response from the
community, Duncan said: ‘It’s a really nice feeling
to know that so many people like the models.
They have become a real talking point around the
village, and I am delighted that so many people are
getting enjoyment from seeing them.
The past few months have obviously been hard
for people, and following positive feedback from
earlier installations, I wanted to create some new
additions in the hope that people will get enjoyment
from seeing them too.’
Initially intended as a one-off creation, last
November’s Remembrance Day display - which
saw silhouette soldiers positioned in the grounds
of St Nicholas’ Church, and alongside the village’s
war memorial, proved so popular that Duncan was
inspired to create a follow-up winter display. This
took the shape of several grazing deer that were
placed in the grounds of the church and on the
village green. These were followed early in the
new year by several rabbits and birds in the same
Local artist and joiner Duncan Kirk poses with one of his creations in the
village. (Photo Credit: Tim Nuttall)
To mark the sad passing of Captain Sir Tom
Moore in April this year, Duncan created a
remarkable silhouette based on the enduring
image of the captain with the walking aid that
helped him raise so much money for the NHS.
This took pride of place outside the church and
was a fitting tribute, and show of respect, to a true
hero of the pandemic.
Now, with ten models already in position as
part of this latest installation, and several requests
for more pending from business and homeowners
alike, there are plenty of more surprises on the
horizon for fans of his work.
Commenting on the support from businesses,
Duncan said: ‘After approaching a couple of
businesses to gauge interest in having a silhouette
installed on their premises, the initial fittings
prompted the owners of others to offer their wall
spaces as a blank canvas to accommodate a display.
I am grateful to The Richwood Salon, Magintys,
Alphyra Audio Visual, The Ship Inn, the Blue Bell
and Flames who have all supported the project, as
well as the numerous homeowners who have also
taken part for the benefit of the community.’
Further models are already in the pipeline, with
offers still coming in for space to display them from
people eager to be involved. In true ‘Banksy’ style,
one of the artists who Duncan cites as an influence
for his work, he remains tight-lipped about what
his next piece will be and where it will appear –
preferring to leave it as a surprise.
Although there is no formal trail to follow, the
up-coming models will join existing examples
such as The Cool Cowboy, Mary Poppins, The
Kissing Couple and Winnie the Pooh that can be
seen dotted around the village.
With a brand-new remembrance installation
also in the pipeline, which will feature over
1400 handmade poppies alongside a fitting
Remembrance Day scene, Duncan and his family
have a busy few weeks ahead of them as they
prepare for their next installment of community