Harry Phillips (1911-76) sculpted the figure of St Michael the Archangel on the tower in 1976. He was at that time a member of the congregation and had been Head of the School of Sculpture and Pottery at Leeds College of Art. He inspired Mark Knopfler to write the song “In the Gallery,” from the debut Dire Straits album.
His sons described him thus: ‘He was a fine sculptor who found himself out of step with the Abstract Expressionist movement in the 1950’s and 60’s. He had a great deal of respect for artisans and craftsmen who could actually make wonderful things with their own hands.’