RBC Wealth Management, part of the Royal Bank of Canada, has announced that it is to be the sole corporate sponsor of a planned statue in St. Peter Port of Guernsey-born Canadian hero Major General Sir Isaac Brock. The bronze statue, which is subject to a forthcoming planning application, has been commissioned by the Brock Memorial Foundation and is proposed to be erected on the north-western plinth outside the Market building, overlooking Town Church Square. Toronto-based Canadian sculptor Adrienne Alison, who has been commissioned to produce the 7ft 6in tall figure of General Brock in 19th-century military uniform, will be presenting a maquette of the statue later this month as part of the planning process.
Alan Pearce from the Guernsey Leadership Team at RBC Wealth Management said, 'RBC Wealth Management was honoured to be part of the Brock Day commemorations in October 2012, and we are very pleased to be able to sponsor this proposed statue of General Brock. General Brock is celebrated as a national hero in Canada, and it is fitting that RBC Wealth Management can help mark its 40th anniversary on the island by supporting this proposal to erect a lasting monument of him here in Guernsey.'
Oliver Brock a distant relation of General Brock’s and a founder of the Brock Memorial Foundation, the charity set up in 2012 support and develop projects that celebrate his legacy, said: 'Following the announcement of the statue project at last October's commemorations, the Foundation has been working hard with the artist and RBC Wealth Management to bring the project to fruition. We are pleased to welcome RBC Wealth Management to the team as sole corporate sponsor of the project, and are looking forward to pursuing the commissioning and planning process with them on board.'
The Brock Memorial Foundation is now seeking further public support for the project, and is offering individual supporters an opportunity to have their name, or that of a loved one, incorporated into one of the plaques to be situated at the base of the statue. Individuals can also donate directly to the Foundation, or make a contribution through the purchase of the commemorative silver medallions minted by the Guernsey Mint Bullion Company.