A popular Big Issue seller based in Winchester should be honoured with a statue, locals have said, after plans for a life-sized sculpture of environmental campaigner Greta Thunberg at the city’s university sparked debate.
Winchester University announced plans to unveil a £23,760 life-sized sculpture of the 18-year-old activist to “inspire” students on its new campus.
The plan sparked a conversation over who else in the city should be honoured, with much-loved Big Issue seller Kev Collick put forward as a candidate.
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Kev is known locally for his generous charity work and donning a now-famous Christmas tree outfit during the festive months.
He raised more than £5,000 for Children in Need in 2016 and Winchester residents voted for him to turn on the city’s Christmas lights the year after.