The story behind the Aldeburgh scallop shell…

The iconic scallop shell on the beach between Aldeburgh and Thorpeness looked wonderful on Saturday afternoon with a touch of September sun shining off the four-meter high steel sculpture and the sea in the distance.  Unveiled in 2003 as a striking tribute to Benjamin Britten – one of the twentieth-century’s most important composers who spent much of his life in Aldeburgh and nearby Snape; the Scallop was conceived by Suffolk-born artist Maggi Hambling, and made by Aldeburgh craftsmen Sam and Dennis Pegg.

Our Business Development Manager, Annette Mason-Gordon, was in Aldeburgh Saturday afternoon – she can usually be spotted around Suffolk with her husband, two children and dog in tow!

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