The wide base of the monument is a popular spot for people-watching, and often acts as a venue for buskers (most notably Apu with their andean music), religious speakers and political activists/protestors. During the recent Lecturer's Strike on 7th March 2006, a congregation of lecturers who were protesting against poor pay and working conditions, spent the day on and around the Monument with placards.
Earl Grey lost his head, the monument that is, in 1941 when it was struck by lightening. A new head was sculpted by Roger Hedley (son of artist Ralph Hedley) around 6 years later in 1947!
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Grey's Monument - Wikipedia