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Sue Pike was the instigator and co-ordinator of the Thomas Ellis Owen bicentennial celebration that took place in 2004. She also set up and led the Thomas Ellis Owen research group as they delved through records in libraries, archives and record offices throughout the UK. Between 2004 and 2006 Sue wrote the biography: Thomas Ellis Owen Shaper of Portsmouth, ‘Father of Southsea’ whilst trying to find an appropriate site for the Thomas Ellis Owen sculpture* which was originally designed for the Palmerston Road precinct in Southsea. Sue can be contacted at:
2 St Helen’s Close
Telephone: 023 92 825937
*In 2004, money had been left over from the Heritage Lottery Fund’s grant because so many local people refused to claim expenses connected to work that contributed to the festival. After the festival the Thomas Ellis Owen Festival Committee decided to spend this on a sculpture. It was designed by sculptor, John Thomson, to kindle the interest of future generations in Owen’s architecture in Southsea. That sculpture can be found in Ravelin Park at the south-east corner of the University Library in Cambridge Road which is a short distance from Thomas’s childhood home in Portsmouth.