DISABLED artist Alison Lapper, who became famous after posing for a Trafalgar Square sculpture while eight months pregnant, has married her long-term partner.
The mouth-and-foot artist posted a picture of her and new husband Simon Clift on Instagram and wrote: “Si & I had the most beautiful fabulous amazing wedding.” It is thought Alison, 56, who was born with phocomelia, meaning she has no arms and shortened legs, would wear a diamond ring made from the ashes of her son Parys on her toe for last weekend’s nuptials.
Alison had once hoped that troubled Parys would give her away but he died, aged just 19, in 2019. The disability rights campaigner said that her son was bullied at school and suffered from depression and anxiety.
Coroner Penelope Schofield said the teenager was dealing with “complex mental health issues” when he died from an accidental drug overdose at a hotel in Worthing, West Sussex. She added that there was no evidence Parys had taken his own life. Speaking at the time, Alison, of Shoreham, said: “The ring is the only way I can keep him close to me, so he can be with us on the day.”
The campaigner posed naked for Marc Quinn’s celebrated statue – Alison Lapper Pregnant – which was displayed on the fourth plinth in Trafalgar Square for two years from 2005. Parys also featured on the BBC’s millennial “growing-up” series Child of Our Time.