Dream comes true (with picture gallery)

Hundreds of people flocked to Sutton Manor in glorious sunshine on Sunday (May 31) to attend the public opening of the Dream statue.

The imposing 20m-high sculpture - dubbed St Helens' answer to the Angel of the North - was officially opened following a traditional Whit Walk at the former colliery site.

The striking pre-cast concrete sculpture, which weighs in at more than 370 tonnes, portrays the image of a girl with her eyes closed and overlooks the busy M62 motorway.

Spanish artist Jaume Plensa, who designed Dream, was among those who attended the launch.