Keynsham youngsters can be part of history as clock tower team recreate famous Fry's advert

Published on: 04 Dec 2014

Keynsham’s new clock tower has been given the go-ahead by council planning chiefs – and now young residents are being invited to become part of history by appearing on the design.

The tower, designed by artist Sebastien Boyesen, will feature stained glass panels that will tell the town’s story in images and words.

Mr Boyesen has spent the past few months meeting residents and community groups to gather ideas for the final design, which should be completed in January.

The artist said he has been delighted by the level of public interest in the project and the ideas put forward – one of which is to create a modern-day version of one of Fry’s most iconic advertisements for the chocolate once produced in the town.

Fry’s “Five Boys” advert features a little boy whose facial expressions change from tearful “Desperation” to “Pacification”, “Expectation”, “Acclamation” to happy “Realization” as he is given a Fry's chocolate bar.

Now Mr Boyesen and the Arts Advisory Group, the team leading the clock tower project, are looking for five Keynsham boys aged between eight and 11 to help recreate the famous image – as well as five girls to create a girls’ version – which will then form part of the new clock tower. The young models will be photographed as they each recreate one of the facial expressions.

All local schools have received flyers explaining the project in the search for models, who are asked to get in touch with the Arts Advisory Group through Keynsham Town Council by Friday, December 12, if they would like to take part.

Call the office on 0117 986 8683 or contact AAG chairman Lisa O’Brien on 07867 906163 or by email at

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