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Thursday, 02 October 2014

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1,600 back Cumbrian man's bid to keep tribute to wife

A petition with more than 1,600 signatures has been lodged with the county council, urging it to allow a man’s tribute to his wife to remain on top of Workington slag banks.

Peter Nelson memorial photo
The 9ft cross put up by Peter Nelson on the slag bank

Peter Nelson put up a 9ft cross nearly three weeks ago in memory of his wife Angela who died in March.

However, because Mr Nelson did not gain planning consent from Cumbria County Council, the authority said it was deciding what action to take.

Last week the News & Star reported that a petition had been launched calling on the authority to leave the tribute alone, and organiser Anthony Hooper this week sent it to the authority.

A county council spokesman said a decision has not yet been made about the future of the cross but one will hopefully be made next week.

Mr Nelson cemented the wooden and steel cross, featuring a stainless steel Christ, onto the top of an existing stone seat on the peak of the bank.

He has attached red ribbons to the feet and hands, signifying the crucifixion, and a chain has been wound around the base to allow people to fix padlock tributes to their loved ones.

Since it was erected, the cross has been the talking point for many, who have taken to social media to voice their opinions.

Michelle Stewart said: “Touched my heart and we should embrace feelings more. I think passion can overcome any rules. This is a gorgeous gesture, we need to protect it for all loved ones we have lost.”

And Karlos Askey wrote: “Have you seen how many people have been going up there in the last week? Every time I look up there you can see three or four people walking up to it.

“If anything it could actually be making the people of Workington healthier.”

Mr Nelson, who used to run Crystal Commissions on Vulcan’s Lane, said he picked the spot because of memories he had of walking with his wife – who he was married to for 24 years – and their dogs.

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