On Sunday 25 September, the bench dedicated to artist John Uzzell Edwards, who died in 2014, was officially unveiled by artist/blacksmith David Petersen.
The bench is on Castle Hill, overlooking views along the coast to Swansea and Worm’s Head. Family, including John’s wife Mary, children and grandchild, friends and members of the museum’s staff and trustees, were present at the unveiling. Afterwards a tea was held at the museum, where John had exhibited twice and loved to visit whenever he was in Tenby.
David said, “John was a wonderful man and a superb artist. He and Mary loved Tenby and so there could not be a better spot for this bench to be placed. He is very much missed, both by those who knew and loved him and by the art world in general.”
John’s son, Charley, also an internationally renowned artist who works under the name Pure Evil, remarked, ”Dad is up there now painting and looking down on us all. I hope people come to the bench and have a quiet contemplation or a conversation with dad, as I have done over the past year.”
Cllr Michael Williams, Chairman of Trustees at the museum and who was instrumental in getting the bench placed, said, “I knew John for many, many years. He was a warm, lovely man and I am so glad that there is a bench here dedicated to him.”