Bid to honour a giant of industry in Preston

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This is how a statue of industrial giant Sir Richard Arkwright could look if a fund-raising drive is successful.

An appeal launched by proud Prestonians to raise around £75,000 for a bronze statue is now gaining momentum.

An artist's impression of how the Sir Richard Arkwright statue might look

An artist's impression of how the Sir Richard Arkwright statue might look

These images of how it might look have been unveiled by appeal leaders Tony Slater and Wilf Boardman.

The statue has been sketched by Peter Hodgkinson, who created the famous Tom Finney statue now standing outside the Deepdale stadium.

Now appeal leaders have urged the Lancashire public and business commmunity to help them achieve their goal.

Preston-born Sir Richard, who invented the first mechanised spinning machine and pioneered the factory system in Britain, is seen as the father of the Industrial Revolution.

The appeal, which was launched more than two years ago, has had some sizeable donations but now appeal organisers are trying to drive the project forward.

They want businesses and individuals to help them achieve their goal by making a donation.

Tony said it was a tragedy that such a prominent figure in Preston’s history had not been recognised with a statue.

Tony said: “This man is a giant of industry. I can’t express how much he means to Preston. He started the factory system and he started it here in Preston.

“It has been a long process but it will happen. Can you imagine having a statue of him outside the Guild Hall ?

“When all the students come out of there after receiving their degrees they will pose by the statue and the pictures will go all around the world.”

Other possible sites include outside the city university or at Arkwright House.

Wilf said: “All the other great pioneers in this country have been honoured with statues. Why not Richard Arkwright? It took many years to get the Tom Finney statue, so we are confident it will happen sooner or later.”

To help out, contact Tony Slater on 01772 200181 or email t.slater2@btinternet.com.