The council voted to recommend approval of the naked, bronze giant.

ILFRACOMBE town council has voted to recommend approval of Damien Hirst’s controversial Verity statue.

All members except one voted in favour of the proposed 66-foot, pregnant naked statue, taller than Gateshead’s Angel of the North.

Damien Hirst has applied for permission to loan the statue to the town for 20 years, as well as installing the artwork and lighting.

Andrea Beacham, Ilfracombe Centre manager, said: “We had a lot of members of the public there and there were mixed views towards the statue.

“Councillors listened to people’s views at the meeting, and in letters written in about the application, and had a very lively debate.”

The statue has prompted debate throughout the town, and in a recent poll on the Gazette website, 51 per cent of readers thought the statue would provide a huge boost for the town, but 45 per cent disagreed.

The final decision on the application rests with North Devon Council.

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