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Titanic memorial planned for Maryport

A plan has been revealed to erect a memorial to inform visitors of Maryport’s link to the Titanic.

Traders on Tuesday agreed that a plaque or statue would be erected on space next to the Factory Shop in Senhouse Street.

The idea came from resident Ken Nicholson as traders discussed ways of spending a £10,000 grant given as part of the Government’s Mary Portas initiative, to boost rundown town centres.

It was felt that more could be made of one of Maryport’s links to the Titanic through White Star shipping line owner Thomas Ismay, who was from the town.

Mr Nicholson said there was no obvious sign of Maryport’s connection except a plaque on a house near the Grasslot level crossing.

A successful exhibition about the Titanic and Maryport’s maritime history was staged in the town this year to coincide with the 100th anniversary of the ship’s sinking.

The traders’ meeting was told that national charity Hidden Britain will visit in January to look at ways of promoting the town.

Town centre manager Toni Magean said he had contacted the charity which looks at inexpensive ways to boost tourism.

He said: “I have seen examples of their work in other areas and it has worked very well.”

The Fisheries Local Action Group (FLAG) has meanwhile said it would consider a grant to Maryport worth up to 60 per cent of the £10,000 Mary Portas grant.

It was also agreed that town maps should be updated and erected in strategic places to link up the town.

Mr Magean said this could be funded from the FLAG money.

He envisaged a series of maps pointing visitors to shops, businesses and attractions.

Maryport received its £10,000 government grant after failing in a bid to attract up to £100,000 in cash and advice from high street guru Mary Portas.

But now, with the prospect of a grant from FLAG, plus £3,000 from Maryport Town Council and at least £3,000 from Allerdale council, there could be more than £20,000 to spend.

Allerdale council has not yet committed funding but Mr Magean was confident that the council would help to fund a project.

Schemes being considered include an offer of free paint for traders willing to use colours from an agreed paint palette, improved signs at town entrances, and the possibility of chewing gum and smoking bins.

Have your say

Good news for the town, impressed by the new town manager Mr Magean and how he is working to promoting the town by liaising with local traders and the community to come up with ideas. Well done Mr Magean!

Posted by D Hardy on 11 December 2012 at 18:52

I think this would be a really good idea, it's just a shame that they didn't get in done in time for the 100th anniversary this year of the Titanic sinking.

Posted by TA on 9 December 2012 at 12:10

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