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Unveiling of giant rugby trophy and mural in Workington

31 July 2013

Allerdale Borough Council has been working in partnership to develop two key areas in Workington town centre and called on apprentices from GEN II and Rathbone to help.

One of the Council’s priorities, which is outlined in it’s strategic plan is to create thriving town centres that are attractive and welcoming and the original project was to 'clean up' the area on the corner of Washington Street in Workington.

This work quickly grew and Workington Town Centre Manager, Toni Magean approached Rathbone and Gen II to commission the creation of two statues and a 120ft mural. One statue, which is sited on Washington Street, is an eight foot replica of the Rugby World Cup trophy with the mural in the background, and the second, a four foot rugby ball is sited in the flower beds on the corner of Vulcans Lane and Oxford Street. It was felt that with the Rugby World Cup 2013 fast approaching and the chance for Workington town centre to be in the global spotlight, it would be a great idea to keep the theme.

The apprentices from both organisations put their skills to the test and with the help of their tutors, Clive Fletcher (GEN II), Rachel Gaw and Gregg Wignall (Rathbone), designed the statues, then used sheet metal and a range of fabrication techniques to create them. West Cumbria Engineering and TATA Steel were also involved by helping to shape and paint the structures. The youths, who are all aged between 15 and 19 years old, also helped to create the mural and design and plant a floral display which will also be entered for a Cumbria in Bloom community award.

Various local businesses were also involved and sponsored the project, these include, Workington Town Council, Steve’s Paints, Spencer Ivison, ISS Waterers, Travis Perkins and Design Gro.

Roy Donnan, a community apprentice at GEN II said: “It’s great to be involved in projects like this because not only does it give us good experience, but it also means that our work can be part of the community for months and years to come.”

An official unveiling took place at the Washington Street site by the Rt Hon Sir Tony Cunningham MP. Others in attendance included the Mayor and Mayoress of Allerdale, Mayor of Workington, representatives of Rathbones, GEN II, Derwent Park and Allerdale Borough Council.

Speaking after the unveiling Councillor Mark Fryer, Executive Member for Economic Growth said: “The Council is committed to improving and enhancing its town centres which is why I’m so pleased so see these two areas of Workington looking brilliant. The 2013 Rugby League World Cup is an amazing opportunity for the town and this is a great way to promote it.

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