BY TRACY-JO SMITH
THE crn of Newcastle is to honour one of its most famous sons — and one of the English Catholic Church's greatest modern leaders — with a bronze sculpture.
Sculptor Nigel Boonham has completed a 3ft-high clay model of Cardinal Basil Hume, which will be used as a scale model for the final version due to be unveiled at Newcastle's St Mary's Cathedral next summer.
The late Cardinal's niece, Catherine Hickman (pictured), who has been to see the work in progress at Mr Boonham's studio marvelled at its likeness to her uncle.
She said: "1 wasn't sure what to expect when I was invited to Nigel's studio, but as soon as I saw the model I was astonished by its extraordinary likeness to my uncle. It's uncanny and really captures his very human, accessible approach. I felt compelled to reach out and hold the sculpture's open hand".
At Mt high and cast in bronze, the statue features Cardinal Hume, standing dressed in his Benedictine habit with a Cardinal's cap on the hack of his head.
Leader of Newcastle City Council, Councillor Tony Flynn, said: "Cardinal Hume was a wonderful ambassador for the city."