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Workington cross man 'overwhelmed by support'

A Workington man, who erected a nine-foot crucifix overlooking the town as a tribute to his late wife, this week said he had been overwhelmed by support.

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IN LOVING MEMORY: Workington man Peter Nelson has erected a nine-foot cross, featuring a figure of Jesus Christ, on the Workington shoreline at the slag banks

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Peter Nelson, 49, of Vulcan’s Lane, cemented the wooden and steel tribute to his wife Angela, who died in March, into a seat on the top of the town’s slag banks.

He did not seek planning permission or get consent from landowner Cumbria County Council.

But a petition has been set up on social networking website Facebook, with more than 1,500 people backing the tribute.

Mr Nelson said: “I have been blown away by the reaction. I’ve had messages from all over the world.

”I was up there on Wednesday having it blessed and a woman thanked me and asked if she could hug me.

“It is just wonderful that it has been embraced.”

Mr Nelson has wound a chain around the base to allow people to fix padlock tributes to loved ones. Several have already been attached.

Since he erected the crucifix, he has been in touch with the county council.

A council spokesman said: “We have had a productive conversation with Mr Nelson and the council is still considering its position.”

Online, at www.timesand star.co.uk, readers have been largely supportive of Mr Nelson’s crucifix.

Tony Hooper posted: “What Peter has done is create a fitting tribute, not only for his late wife, but for the people of Workington.”

Judith Morgan posted: “This is a great piece of community art which has cost the councils nothing.”

Barrie Shutt posted: “I admire the creativity and sentiment behind it but it’s going to end up being taken down.”

Emma posted: “Keep it up! It is not offensive to anyone. People need to stop moaning.”

But it has also attracted some criticism.

J posted: “If this is allowed to stay up, then it just opens the door for anybody to build whatever they like.”

Andy posted: “He should be made to take it down and also be summoned for leaving litter.”

Mr Nelson said: “I had always wanted to put a work of art on the shoreline. There is nothing here to match something significant like the Angel of the North, which is a shame.”

Mr Nelson has also scattered his wife’s ashes on the slag banks.

Mr Nelson, who ran Crystal Commissions on Vulcan’s Lane, picked the spot because of memories he had of walking with his wife and their dogs.

Have your say

A Beautiful piece of Art that should be left in place. Well Done Peter good luck

Posted by Keith on 17 August 2014 at 21:02

Paul Cox you took the words right out of my mouth. The whole family should have been consulted over this and I know for a fact they were not.

Posted by N on 8 August 2014 at 16:27

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