The Polish Heritage Society
“Monumental effort” for Chopin statue in UK, media coverage
The unveiling of the statue of Fryderyk Chopin at the Royal Festival Hall on 18 May received widespread coverage in the UK and Polish media. The Duke of Gloucester’s presence was announced in the official Court Circular from Kensington Palace, reprinted in the major UK newspapers.
“Search ends on a high note”, wrote The Times on the eve of the ceremony, describing the role of the Polish Heritage Society in tracking down and restoring the statue and featuring a photo of PHS Chairman Marek Stella-Sawicki with the statue. The Daily Telegraph also ran a short diary item in advance of the ceremony.
The London Evening Standard had an item on its website early on 18 May, saying “Historic statue gifted to Britain for liberating Poland found in vaults on South Bank”, and headlined its story in the print edition later that day: “Monumental effort finds statue”.
Meanwhile the London SE1 Community website ran a detailed account of the event with a link to an audio recording of the speeches and music. Even the Times of India posted a link to the item on its site.
The report of the Polish news agency PAP was republished in by the most influential Polish media, including the daily Gazeta Wyborcza and its sister website Gazeta.pl. The Polish-language website Londynek.net provided a detailed account on the website, including an excellent gallery of photos of the ceremony.