Lutterworth's Frank Whittle memorial saved by £12,000 grant - The Rugby Observer

Lutterworth's Frank Whittle memorial saved by £12,000 grant

Rugby Editorial 18th Jan, 2016 Updated: 27th Oct, 2016   0

THE ICONIC Frank Whittle memorial on the outskirts of Lutterworth will keep ‘flying’ after thousands of pounds of funding was secured.

The statue, a replica of the Gloster aircraft Sir Whittle designed, has been part of the Rugby Road junction in Lutterworth for more than a decade – and will now remain airbourne thanks to a one-off £12,000 grant from Harborough District Council.

The Frank Whittle Trust were desperate for funding in November last year after revealing if no support was found, the statue – which commemorates Sir Whittle as one of the pioneers of modern day aviation – would be taken down for renovations or potentially moved elsewhere.

The district council’s executive committee agreed to allocate grants to a number of projects in the Harborough district as part of its Community Grants scheme. The Sir Frank Whittle statue was one of the successful projects, receiving the ‘essential maintenance work’ needed.

Communities councillor Rosita Page said: “I am delighted that a large number of residents will benefit once these fantastic projects are complete. We were very impressed with the standard and diversity of the applications and I am sure this funding will be a welcome boost to those involved in these challenging economic times.”

The Frank Whittle Trust and Harborough District Council are looking for sponsors to ensure the statue stays in the area and are asking anyone with interest in supporting the statue to contact them.

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