"It is with the greatest sadness that I learnt today that the destruction of the Chartist mosaic has begun. Whilst I wish the City of Newport all economic and environmental success with its new development I know that many will regret the loss of this major landmark, commissioned by people with great vision and created by my father Kenneth with the greatest care and skill to educate and enhance the community.
I would like to thank everybody who showed concern for this work and who attempted to preserve it. I know that nobody of sound judgement willingly destroys great art and that there is always a valid rationality for a decision of this nature. It is possibly a case of doing all the wrong things for all the right reasons"
From the lost work: Kenneth holds the body of his dying son