Wimblington couple pay tribute to RAF police dogs with ‘Rusty Rooster’ memorial art at Newark Air Museum.

Sara & Steve Raven installing the Rusty Rooster memorial

Sara & Steve Raven installing the Rusty Rooster memorial - Credit: Archant

A Wimblington couple’s ‘Rusty Rooster’ memorial art has been installed in the war memorial gardens of Newark Air Museum.

Sara & Steve Raven installing the Rusty Rooster memorial

Sara & Steve Raven installing the Rusty Rooster memorial - Credit: Archant

Steven and Sara Raven have been designing and creating rusty metal garden art since May 16.

The husband and wife team were approached by Nigel Bean, a former RAF police dog handler - who served for 23 years and trained 17 dogs - who spotted the pair at a county show.

Sara & Steve Raven with their memorial art piece.

Sara & Steve Raven with their memorial art piece. - Credit: Archant

The memorial they then created for the Newark Air Museum is a tribute to all RAF police dogs who had served from 1942 to 2014.

“Family and friends all loved it and wanted pieces for themselves. So this hobby business began and ‘Rusty Rooster’ was born,” said Sara.

Nigel Bean, former RAF laying a wreath

Nigel Bean, former RAF laying a wreath - Credit: Archant

“Steve has always loved working with metal. Growing up on a farm there was always something requiring his attention; needing to be welded, grinded, cut from metal.

“Then one day he finally treated himself to a new plasma cutter and cut something for the garden.”

Sara & Steve Raven installing the Rusty Rooster memorial

Sara & Steve Raven installing the Rusty Rooster memorial - Credit: Archant

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Steven added: “Initially it was an idea that we simply stumbled upon by chance.

“It has quickly proven a hit at the local events we have attended.”

The tribute, named ‘Rusty’, was installed in the memorial gardens in September.

For more information on Rusty Rooster Garden Art visit www.facebook.com/rustyroostergardenart

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