A terracotta statue thought to lay buried beneath Barnstaples Rock Park should be dug up and restored to its former glory.Thats the call from Barnstaple pensioner Graham Avery, who says the figure of a discus player is a forgotten piece of the towns history. The Discobolus statue was commissioned by Rock Park benefactor William Frederick Rock and made by Brannam modeller William Baron in 1887. It stood at the entrance of the then new sports fields but was apparently bulldozed when the pitches were redeveloped in the 1950s, according to Mr Avery, a former cabinet maker at Shapland and Petter. They pushed it over and buried it in a big pit, said Mr Avery, aged 78. He was part of Barnstaple; they wouldnt take Queen Anne off her plinth [at the heritage centre] and knock her in a pit of mud would em? A small-scale model of the naked Roman character throwing a disc is on display in the Museum of Barnstaple and North Devon. Barnstaple Town Council, which owns Rock Park, said it granted permission for an investigatory search to be carried out by a local amateur archaeologist in 2009. Town clerk Will Austin said: Unfortunately we heard nothing more, suggesting either that the search did not proceed, or nothing was found to act upon. It would be a lovely thing to uncover some local history, but my first concern would be to make the expense affordable. If any historians would like to come and talk to the town council, in particular the Rock Park Trust which manages the park, Im sure they will be delighted to hear from them.