Call for Churchill statue
CALLS have been made for a statue of Winston Churchill to be erected in Oldham.
Lib Dem leader Howard Sykes has launched a petition alongside fellow councillor Richard Marbrow for a fitting tribute to the wartime prime minister.
Churchill first became an MP after standing for election in Oldham in 1900 and held the constituency for six years.
A blue commemorative plaque in his name is currently fixed to Old Town Hall, near to the steps where the statesman gave his first speech.
But Coun Sykes says with the 50th anniversary of Churchill’s death, which passed on January 24, the installation of a statue would be a more fitting tribute.
Coun Sykes said: “Given Sir Winston’s historic connection with Oldham, and the fact that he was awarded the honour of Freeman of the Borough, might I suggest that this council use this 50th anniversary of his death to announce its intention to erect a statue in his image.
“It could either be in the new Parliament Square or be on the steps of the restored town hall, where he first made a speech to the townspeople after his election.”
He suggests that the statue should be funded by sponsorship from the public and local businesses.”