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London is preparing to celebrate Gagarin's achievement by displaying a 12ft statue in his honour, due to touch down in the Mall on 14 July.

The statue of Yuri Gagarin. Photo: Andrea Rose/British Council

The sculpture is a copy of an original commissioned in 1984 by Vocational School no 10 in Lyubertsy, northwest of Moscow, where Gagarin studied from 1949 to 1951 as he trained as a foundry worker. There's more here.

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