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Detail from: Memorial to 158 Squadron by Peter W. Naylor, 2009

Beacon Of Europe

Summary

Type Clock Tower

     A large steel arch and lantern above a granite clad base. The centre of the arch contains a fibre glass relief of a miner inserted into a cast iron skeleton of the old town hall clock. The base bears a rectilinear panel with an etching in granite on each of its four sides. Facing west, a wild boar; north, a sunrise; east, a miner and pit pony; south, rail tracks. The whole work surmounts a brick base and is surrounded by decorative paving featuring the 12 yellow stars of Europe.
     Eleven organisations and council departments were involved in the design and construction of Ferryhill's £25,000 beacon. Commisssioned by the local council to celebrate a single market in Europe, the monument also commemorates the mining, railway and agricultural history of the town. It was unveiled by Tony Blair on 30th December 1992. The scheme was funded by Ferryhill Town Council with the assistance of private donations.(1)
     Erected to commemorate the advent of the Single European Market on 31st December 1992.

Inscriptions

Inscribed on metal plaque at top of base: ON BEHALF OF THE PEOPLE / JANUARY 1993 / FERRYHILL / TOWN COUNCIL / COMMISSIONED / THIS BEACON OF EUROPE / TO SYMBOLISE / A LIGHT TO OUR FUTURE / INTO EUROPE AND / REMEMBER WITH PRIDE OUR PAST.

Contributor details

Contributor Role
Olley, Robert Sculptor
Kataky, Bill Designer

Element details

Part of work Material Dimensions
Paving Brick 1040cm diameter
Base Marble clad 84cm high x 340cm square
Arch Steel 500cm high

PMSA recording information

Reference Region
DUDD48 NE
General condition Good
Surface condition
  • Accretions
Structural condition
Vandalism
Road Chapel Terrace
Precise location Town Hall, rear
A-Z ref 100 2C
OS ref None

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Date of design None
Year of unveiling 1992
Unveiling details Unveiled 30th December 1992
Commissioned by Ferryhill Town Council
Duty of care Ferryhill Town Council
Listing status Not listed
At risk? No known risk

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