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By Fiona Reid
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Public poll will decide statue hero

WHO is deserving of a statue? That’s the question being asked at The Devil’s Porridge Museum this month.

They want the public’s views on which person connected to the World War One munitions factory, H.M. Factory Gretna, would deserve a statue.

Inspired by the Scottish International Storytelling Festival’s Talking Statues theme, the Annandale museum is planning to run a Twitter poll of their own.

Digital marketing modern apprentice Desray Coward said: “We have decided on eight different categories to start the sweepstake with. Each category has a different person to represent it chosen from people who worked at the factory in World War One.

“These will be randomly selected to go against each other in groups of two to find the semi-finalists and so on until we find who wins.

“We’re hoping for a lot of people to get involved and it will be exciting to see who everyone thinks most deserves a statue.”

Museum research assistant Laura Noakes added: “Thousands of people worked in the factory in the war, and their bravery has gone largely unsung—we want to change that, and a publicly chosen statute seems a great way to do that!”

The poll will start on October 17, with the final on October 26. To take part go to the Twitter account, @Devils_Porridge.

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