Storm Eunice ‘damages’ Reading’s iconic boy cartwheel statue

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The iconic statue of the boy doing the wheel of Reading, a gift from the inhabitants of Düsseldorf, was toppled by the winds of the storm Eunice.

As winds of up to 64mph battered Berkshire today, Storm Eunice forced tourist attractions, University of Reading campuses and heritage sites to close.

And Reading Borough Council has now revealed the statue, a gift from Germany designed to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the Twin Towns Agreement, has been ‘damaged’.

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The council says it will now consider how the statue can be repaired.

A spokesperson for Reading Borough Council said: “Sadly the Cartwheeling Boy statue was damaged in the storm.

“We have collected it and will assess how it can be restored.”

The statue sat on the site of the former civic center in Reading.



Police at the scene of the fallen cartwheeling boy statue.

Police say they had to clear debris from the road after it was damaged by the storm.

A Thames Valley Police spokesperson said: “Please also be aware of falling statues, thankfully there were no injuries except to our backs from moving this off the road!

“The statues don’t look like they’re having a good time either.”

Storm Eunice wreaked havoc in Berkshire today as the South Central Ambulance Trust declared a ‘critical incident’, trees fell and blocked the road, and Great Western Railway was forced to cut services.

The Met Office forecast says the current orange weather warning for the wind will extend until 9pm.

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