Call for Churchill statue

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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.”

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