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Archbishop unveils William Wilberforce Statue

  Archbishop unveiling Wilberforce statue Pocklington school's most famous pupil has been commemorated with a statue in the school grounds in late September 2007.

William Wilberforce was a pupil at Pocklington School between 1771 and 1776 and the statue created by Sally Arnup depicts him aged 15.  The Archbishop of York unveiled the bronze figure, reminding the pupils, parents and invited guests including members of the Wilberforce family that, "William Wilberforce's faith transformed his life and the lives of countless men and women across the world. He became the change he wanted to see in the world. The challenge for us all is to live that faith, with the same passion, to transform our lives and be the change we want to see. "

The school commissioned the statue to mark the bicentenary of the abolishing of the Slave Trade Act, in which Wilberforce played a major part