I write to thank the Salford Star for its prompt and sharp article this morning. It undoubtedly led to a stream of informed people contacting the council leader's office. It is certainly a feather in the Star's flat cap.
You may be interested to know that this afternoon I traced the artist, Alan Boyson and have spoken to him at length. He is delighted that there was a campaign to save the mural and that it has had instant popular support. He was chuffed that people have enjoyed the mural for so many years.
The Tiles and Architectural Ceramics Society (TACS) will support the council in evaluating the possibility of salvaging and resiting the mural.
Early this morning I applied to English Heritage have the surviving gable wall listed as a buildng of architectural or historic interest. EH was processing the request this morning and a site visit is planned for Tuesday. EH staff have been impressed by the popular support for the mural. This is very fast work by them too.
The combined force of the TACS, EH, the Salford Star and its readers has proved to have power. Well done.
Please thank your readership.
I'll keep you posted,
Tiles and Architectural Ceramics Society
Read the original story here and here
Stop Press: 4:30pm 4th August
A new quote has just arrived from Council Leader John Merry...
"Residents have made it clear to me that they're very fond of this mural and after listening to what it means to local people I'm keen to review the situation to see what we can do to relocate it. We're in talks with English Heritage to see how we can do this and make sure that the piece has a future somewhere in the city."