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Sunday September 22nd. 2013
The Angel of Mons Next year, 2014, will be a hundred years since the beginning of the  First World War. The following is an accurate account by a lance-corporal of the vision  of the Angel seen by soldiers at a crucial moment of the battle of Mons  “I was with my battalion in the retreat from Mons on or about August 28th(1914). The weather was very hot and clear, and between eight and nine 'clock in the evening I was standing with a party of nine other men on duty, and some distance on either side there were parties often on guard. Immediately behind us half of my battalion was on the edge of wood resting. An officer suddenly came up to us in a state of great anxiety and asked us if we had seen anything startling ... taking me and some others a few yards away showed us the sky. I could see quite plainly in mid-air a strange light which seemed to be quite distinctly outlined and was not a reflection of the moon, nor were there any clouds in the neighbourhood. The light became brighter and I could see
quite distinctly three shapes, one in the centre having what looked like outspread wings, the other two were not so large, but were quite plainly distinct from the centre one. They appeared to have a long loose hanging garment of a golden tint. They were above the  German line facing us. We stood watching them for about three  quarters of an hour.All the men with me saw them, and other men came up from other groups who also told us that they had seen the same thing."  The German army retreated when they had the advantage of the battle for their army had seen the Angel of Mons protecting the allied army
Here's some amazing facts about the Angel of the North. It is believed to be the largest angel sculpture in the world, and was designed and built by Anthony Gormley, a Catholic who wished to create a spiritual presence in the form of an angel close to the motorway to give comfort to motorists  and  encourage them to say a prayer to drive safely on a busy highway.  It is one of the most viewed pieces of art in the world - seen by more than one person every second, 90,000 every day or 33 million every year Its 54 metre (175 feet) wingspan is bigger than a Boeing 757 or 767 jet and almost the same as a Jumbo jet. It is 20 metres (65 feet) high - the height of a five storey building or four double decker buses. It weighs 200 tonnes - the body 100 tonnes and the wings 50 tonnes each It will last for more than 100 years  and it will withstand winds of more than 100 miles per hour. Below the sculpture, massive concrete piles 20 metres deep will anchor it to the solid rock beneath. The total cost of The Angel of the North was £800,000.
Angel of the North — Gateshead