Lutterworth's iconic Frank Whittle memorial under threat - The Rugby Observer

Lutterworth's iconic Frank Whittle memorial under threat

Rugby Editorial 14th Nov, 2015 Updated: 27th Oct, 2016   0

THE ICONIC Sir Frank Whittle Memorial in Lutterworth may be scrapped if funds to cover urgent repair works cannot be found.

The memorial, a replica of the Gloster aircraft Sir Whittle designed, has been on the roundabout on the Rugby Road/Lutterworth Road junction for over a decade, honouring him as a pioneer of the jet engine who worked in the town during the 1930s.

The Sir Frank Whittle Trust was responsible for the construction of the statue in 2003 and is now in-charge of its upkeep.

The statue could be removed from the site unless urgent repair works costing up to £15,000 are carried out. The memorial is owned by Harborough District Council but they are not responsible for any costs.

A spokesman for the Frank Whittle Trust said they are hoping to raise the money through donations and are urging Lutterworth residents to support their applications for grants.

The repair work mostly consists of repainting the memorial, but there are also highway costs to cover in order to safely gain access to the location.

Due to personal circumstances of the members of the trust, they are looking to pass on responsibility to a larger organisation who may be better prepared to support the maintenance of the memorial.

The trust has been in talks with Harborough District Council to release them from their obligations. The council has also recently offered to help recruit new members to the trust and try to find sponsors to help fund the upkeep of the memorial.

Lutterworth Town Council has pledged £500 towards repairs – providing the trust stays active beyond the end of the year.

The spokesman urged that if no organisation steps forward to agree to takeover supporting the statue, it will have to be removed.

Visit to support the trust.

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