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This engraved 125cm round tree bench was designed for The Philip Larkin Society, to be installed at Hull Paragon Station, East Yorkshire.
The Society contacted us wanting to install an engraved bench within the Station to commemorate the anniversary of the death of Philip Larkin, the English poet and novelist.
They wanted the bench to compliment the Philip Larkin Statue and existing commemorative roundels, and have a suitably fitting passage from one of his most famous poems.
Chic Teak supplied a 125cm round tree seat to go on the station's concourse, around one of the supporting pillars situated opposite the Philip Larkin Statue. The society supplied the wording and the bench was hand carved with the poet's name and a small extract from his poem ‘The Whitsun Weddings’: ‘All sense of being in a hurry gone’ which was taken from the poem, describing a Whitsun train departing for London and wedding couples joining the train.
The bench was delivered and installed for an official unveiling, attended by The Lord Lieutenant of the County, Hon. Mrs Susan Cunliffe-Lister, The Lord Mayor of Hull, Daniel Brown and over 60 guests.
Unbeknown to us at the time, Philip Larkin had an indirect link with Chic Teak: Chic Teak supplies benches and various teak furniture items to Lords Cricket Ground, home of the elite Marylebone Cricket Club (the MCC), the Club of which Philip Larkin was a proud member. How fitting!