BUXTON’S iconic landmark Corbar Cross has been restored to the skyline.
The Christian landmark was cut down with a chainsaw in protest at the Pope’s visit to Britain last September by a man who claimed to be one of the victims of a sex abuse scandal at a Roman Catholic children’s home in Market Weighton, Yorkshire.
In a letter sent to the Advertiser, the culprit demanded an apology from the Pope and called for an end to secrecy surrounding Catholic clerical abuse.
Now Buxton ecumenical group Churches Together –with generous help from local firms and individuals– has organised its replacement.
Work took place yesterday (Thursday), with the cross itself kindly donated by Woodscape of Accrington and the construction work carried out by N T Killingley of Chesterfield. Buxton firm R T Mycock have donated the concrete for the base.
Churches Together also wish to renew the perimeter fence, which is estimated to cost £3,000, and are calling for donations to help them.
A concert on June 29 by junior school children from the town is being held at 6.30pm Buxton Methodist Church. There is no charge, but there will be a retiring collection in aid of the fund.
• For the story behind the resurrection of Corbar Cross, see next week’s Advertiser.