The 22nd July 2016 saw the official opening at Pangea Sculptures on County Road in Ormskirk. The new showroom was open for visitors and people came in droves to look at the animal sculptures and enjoy a glass of fizz and some delightful canapés.
The opening was introduced by Bev Howard, the General Manager at Pangea before a short speech by Irene Unsworth, wife of Ian who started the business in 2014. Irene commented that she usually starts these things with “My husband and I” but felt that she could not do that on this occasion as it was Ian’s vision that had brought the whole thing about. Irene said that she had been proud to support Ian through all of the work that he had put in with the team, making sure that every detail was taken care of, putting in lots of late nights and long days so that the new showroom would be at it’s very best for the opening ceremony.
The ribbon was cut by Councillor Liz Savage – Mayor of West Lancashire and guests were invited to take a closer look at the stunning sculptures on display. The showroom itself is a light and airy space with lots of different animals on display. Smaller sculptures are positioned on gleaming white plinths against a mirrored backdrop which lights the animals beautifully, while larger sculptures stand in all their glory both inside and outside the showroom which had been decorated with stunning floral arrangements by Laurie Spencer from ‘Flower Style by Laurie’ who also provided a bouquet for the Mayor. The Visiter covered the opening ceremony and the piece was published shortly after the opening.
Along with Ian, Irene and their children Fiona, Tom and Jodie, Pangea also welcomed the Mayor’s consort Nigel, Councillor Dave Tilleray, Director at West Lancashire County Council, Councillor Ian Moran – Leader of the council and Anne England the mayor’s PA, who all took the time out of their busy schedules to see the sculptures first-hand and learn more about the Pangea story.
It was a bright sunny afternoon and the sculptures certainly gleamed as the floor length windows of the showroom were opened up, allowing guests and visitors to wander freely and try to decide on their favourite sculpture. Residents from Abbey Wood House Care Home, which is opposite the showroom, also came to see the sculptures close up and enjoy some refreshments. There are a couple of sculptures newly situated at Abbey Wood and they certainly provide a point of interest for the residents and their visitors.
Visitors to the showroom were also entertained by Steve Charles who created a great party atmosphere in the sunshine and later in the afternoon Rimka – an African drumming band gave an exciting feel to the day with some traditional music and their chants of ‘peace and love’.
It was great to get such lovely comments about the sculptures, particularly those from the local community who said that they would be bringing their families and friends along to the showroom to see the animals for themselves. People were really struck by the detail of the sculptures and the fact that they are all hand made in Africa and shipped to the UK. At the far end of the showroom is a feature wall which tells the story of how Pangea Sculptures was set up and how it has grown over the last couple of years.
A raffle was held with all proceeds going towards the Alzheimer’s Society, a charity close to the Unsworths’ heart, raising £226 over the launch weekend and we extend our thanks to everyone who purchased a ticket for this worthy cause. Winners have now been contacted and are making arrangements to collect their sculpture prizes from the showroom.
First Prize winners Mr & Mrs Gavin collected their frogs yesterday on their way home from swimming, they were delighted to win, and couldn’t quite believe it. Mrs Gavin was looking forward to re homing the frogs and getting the five piece band set up in her garden.
Laurie Spencer was the winner of the baby elephant sculpture and he was delighted; he is due to call in to the showroom to select his sculpture next week when he delivers some stunning floral arrangements for the showroom.
Paul Daley was the winner of the final prize, a baby giraffe. Paul had already purchased a couple of chrome finished giraffes at the launch and a couple of elephants, but he and his wife were more than happy to win another giraffe to add to their growing Giraffe family!