It’s been called The Angel of Workington, an inspiration, and a monstrosity. An image of love and a symbol of torture. The one thing we can say for certain is that giant crucifix on the Workington slag banks has aroused controversy.
Peter Nelson of Vulcan’s Lane in Workington erected the crucifix on the publicly owned Slag Banks in memory of his wife Angela. He did not obtain planning permission. The planning office had originally told him that he must remove that statue but he has recently been granted a temporary reprieve while talks take place. Mr Nelson is seeking to aply for retrospective planning permission. In the local paper, Times and Star, Mr Nelson is quoted as saying “My intentions were never to cause any ill feelings or trouble. I feel it is an asset and enhances the area and I am aware that many people are enjoying its presence.”
I think this would be an interesting topic to discuss at out next meeting on 17th Sept. Come along and share your opinions. Everybody welcome!
The crucifix features red ribbons representing blood flowing from the hand and foot wounds.
A couple of dozen commemorative padlocks have been attached to the chain on the base of the cross.