Quay Position for Baden-Powell
A new attraction has been unveiled on the Quay in Poole, a full length life size sculpture of Robert Baden-Powell, founder of the worldwide Scout Movement. The location on the Quay celebrates B-P’s connections with the town of Poole. Situated near the departure point for ferries to Brownsea Island, the sculpture captures Baden-Powell in a seated position as though involved in a typical activity around the camp fire and looks out to where it all began – Brownsea Island.
The sculpture was made possible by the efforts of Brian Woolgar, Chairman of Poole District Scout Council, and the generous donations of individuals, businesses and local Scouts, including Dorset County Scout Council and Poole District Scout Council. The unveiling of the sculpture on 13th August 2008 represented the culmination of over three years of hard work fundraising, obtaining permissions from the Borough of Poole and Poole Harbour Commissioners and garnering the support of the many interested parties. The figure was sculpted by David Annand, a Scottish artist with extensive experience in producing public artwork. In addition, his experience as a Scout in his younger days was a major ‘tick in the box’ in selecting him from the many applicants interested in the project.
Lord Baden-Powell, grandson of Robert Baden-Powell,
with Brian Woolgar, Chairman of Poole District Scout Council