I'm campaigning to have the beautiful stained glass panels telling the story of Churchill's life restored to Dudley town centre. Add your name to the campaign here.
The 17 stained glass panels of the memorial were designed by world-renowned artist Edward Bainbridge Copnall and unveiled in 1969. Damaged first by the weather and then by vandalism, the panels’ condition deteriorated until they were eventually removed. They were taken down, packed into small boxes and transported to the cellar of Himley Hall where they’ve been gathering dust ever since.
In two years time, Britain will commemorate the fiftieth anniversary of Churchill’s death.
What better way to mark this important anniversary and what better tribute to the greatest of all Britons than restoring this fitting tribute to his life to pride of place in our town centre.
Restoring the panels now would make them a permanent memorial, using new techniques developed since the 1960s to ensure that the mural is not dogged by the problems which affected it first time round.
And we have a wealth of expertise in the local area to make this happen and I’ll be asking residents, council officials, and experts from across the region to get behind the effort to restore this memorial so we can celebrate Churchill’s legacy in 2015 and remind future generations of what Churchill and Britain did for democracy.
The campaign starts here.