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Topic:Monument to Yuri Gagarin erected in London
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The statue, a gift from the Russian Space Agency (Roscosmos) to the British Council, will stand in the Mall for a period of 12 months.
Why only 12 months and where is it going then?
Robert PearlmanI haven't seen word of where it will go after, but media reports cite the one-year display as being based on the 12-month license granted by the Westminster City Council for the statue to stand on The Mall.
GurbirThe Yuri Gagarin statue that was unveiled in London on July 14, 2011 can only stay there for one year. Today (Oct. 3, 2011) marked the launch of an online petition, a campaign to bring the statue to Manchester once that year is up.

This campaign, including today a short interview on Radio Manchester, includes an invitation to sign the online petition. You don't have to be a Mancunian or even be in the UK to sign this petition.

If you think it is a good idea, please take a look and sign.

FFrenchI would certainly encourage people anywhere in the world to support the statue's display in Manchester. As Gurbir Singh explains in his book, and I have also done in a number of places, Manchester was the first occasion that Gagarin visited the West, at a time when he was still the only person to have orbited the earth. The Manchester invitation was the reason he visited England, and the London events were tagged on as the date neared and the British government realized something needed to be done in terms of official government recognition.

While England has taken great strides in lessening the "north-south divide" that I vividly recall growing up with as a child in the northwest, to have a statue only on show in London to commemorate an event that was primarily about Manchester would, in my opinion, be a step backwards. I encourage you to support Gurbir's efforts to make this happen, whether by signing his petition or other means (contacting relevant officials). Thank you!

GurbirMore on BBC website about this campaign.
The British Council's Andrea Rose said that Mr Singh's bid was one of four she had received, with the other three being at undisclosed locations.

She said she was "delighted that Manchester has thrown its hat in the ring".

Mr Singh said that a decision on where the statue would be put if his bid was successful had yet to be made, but that possible sites in the city centre and at Trafford Park were being considered.

A decision on the permanent site for the statue will be made by the end of 2011.

My thanks to Francis and others from collectSPACE who have signed the online petition. My target is 1000 by the end of the year, currently 75 have signed!
GurbirA quick update on the campaign.

Over 450 people now support this campaign, my target is 1000 by the end of 2011.

Many public figures from science, astronomy, academia, TV, and authors who have added their name to an open letter including Sir Patrick Moore, Nobel prize winning physicist Andre Geim and Apollo 15 command module pilot Al Worden.

If you think it is a good idea, read more and please sign the petition here. It takes less than 30 seconds.

If you happen to be in Manchester (UK) next Monday, I am doing a talk about Gagarin’s visit to Manchester hosted by Manchester Archives in the City Library on Deansgate on Monday 5th December at 6pm. It is free but need to book a seat here.

Please pass this on to anyone else you think may have an interest. Thanks in advance.

ColinBurgessPlease support Gurbir's petition. That statue rightfully belongs in Manchester and he is putting up an almighty struggle to have it repositioned there. So let's get behind him; it only takes a few moments of your time and he needs our support.
TykeanautHas the statue now gone and where to?
Rick MulheirnYou have my vote Gurbir.

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