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Wednesday, 01 October 2014

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Steel memorial for Workington gateway plan

A permanent memorial to Workington’s steel history will take pride of place on a town roundabout if plans get the go-ahead.

Sculptor Shawn Williamson has agreed to carve an image of the Bessemer convertor, which produced the town’s world famous high-grade steel.

A huge free-standing slab of limestone would be situated at the Stainburn roundabout of the A66.

Mr Williamson, 51, of Dearham, said: “It would be at the gateway to an incredible heritage. Workington was one of the foremost industrial areas in the country.

“It would be worked in local limestone, which was used in the smelting process at the steelworks. It will be high relief so it looks three-dimensional.”

The stone from which it would be carved weighs eight tonnes, is more than seven feet high and is understood to be in storage at Lillyhall.

The county council’s local committee for Allerdale has already agreed to give £10,000 towards “initiating” the project.

Members agreed last Friday to commit funds to landscape the Stainburn roundabout with a monument feature.

The idea of a Bessemer sculpture was first mooted before the millennium but an application for £1 million of lottery funding was unsuccessful.

The idea was revived by Bob Hardon two years ago as chairman of the Stainburn Community Group.

He wanted to erect a half-size replica but the idea fell through due to lack of funding.

County councillor Marjorie Rae confirmed this week that she was behind the latest plan.

A county council spokesman confirmed that the funding had been agreed.

Mr Williamson’s work includes the Herdwick ram on the A66 at Cockermouth.

Have your say

Alan - its not Allerdale giving the money away its the county council. Read the article again and you will see this.

Posted by Brian on 23 March 2013 at 08:27

Allerdale have already agreed to giving £10,000 to this yeat another memorial,.... they can give our Council Tax away like this yet they are putting it up because they need the money..... I think £10,00 could be better spent in the town, like cleaning the pavements round the town, Put a roof over the new town centre to make it more shoppable, clean up the roundabouts that we already have,... there are more deserving things to spend this money on,... after all has anyone seen the Memorial to the Pits,... its down behindthe car showroom on the Clay Flatts, its a Triangular Block of Stone in the middle of a field... so before they go giving away Council Taxpayers Money why dont they think of us instead of getting a name for themselves....... Even Northside Bridge is not finished yet,... and its had its opening.... Rant Over.... :)

Posted by Alan Straughton on 22 March 2013 at 15:31

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