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Who stole Winston Churchill’s cigar?

Missing key feature of famous statue will be replaced as part of Mayfair overhaul

28 April, 2017 — By Thomas McMahon

The Allies statue in New Bond Street

A CIGAR mysteriously swiped out of the hand of Winston Churchill will be replaced as part of a £10million transformation in Mayfair.

The cigar in the Allies sculpture New Bond Street features the wartime prime minister smoking on a bench with President Franklin D Roosevelt.

The bronze, by Lawrence Holofcener who died last month at the age of 91, is one of the area’s most significant landmarks. It is to be restored as part of the changes aimed at accommodating an estimated 60 million more passengers being brought into the West End because of the Crossrail – also known as the Elizabeth line – railway which is due to open in 2018.

The council has announced a major change to the area around Bond Street tube station, between Burlington Gardens and Bruton Street, will be transformed with new paving layouts.

The project was launched this week with a “ground-breaking” ceremony with representatives from Westminster Council, Transport for London and the Mayor of London.

Council leader Nickie Aiken said the changes would have a significant impact for the area which “remains the engine of the London and national economies, creating many jobs and other opportunities from which everyone can benefit”.

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