A PROJECT to create a wave sculpture is to go ahead despite claims it would be inappropriate after recent seafront tragedies.

The £95,000 steel-finned sculpture is to be installed in Marine Drive, Scarborough, to represent the power of the ocean.

But local councillor Norman Murphy is among those who believe the sculpture should be reconsidered following the recent death of a mother and her two children.

Kim Barrett, 32, from Leeds, and her children Aimee Greenwood, 13 and Luke Greenwood, 11, died in a freak accident last month.

The youngsters were swept into the sea from Royal Albert Drive and she attempted to save them. Aimee's body has yet to be found.

"After that tragedy and the tsunami, some people are questioning this sculpture. It could easily be looked at again because nothing is written in stone," said Coun Murphy.

However, with plans for the 33ft-high sculpture now at an advanced stage it will be going ahead - with the developers, the Scarborough Public Art Group, saying there are no plans to reconsider.

*The funeral service for Ms Barrett and Luke is to be held on April 13 at St Chad's Church, Far Headingley, on the outskirts of Leeds, on Wednesday, April 13.

Published: 04/04/2005