Thringstone Millennium Marker - Thringstone, Leicestershire
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N 52° 45.089 W 001° 22.106
30U E 610118 N 5845873
Quick Description: Millennium marker and village sign on The Green, Thringstone.
Location: East Midlands, United Kingdom
Date Posted: 6/4/2017 12:06:38 PM
Waymark Code: WMVWMD
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member Windsocker
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Long Description:
" In 2001, Thringstone gained an attractive landmark in the form of a distictive sculpture, unveiled on The Green to commemorate the Millennium.

Funds for the landmark - known as the 'Millennium Marker' or 'Village Sign' - were raised in and around the village by a committee who met weekly to hold a tote at the Rose and Crown public house on Monday evenings throughout 1999.

A three-foot high boulder, estimated to be 600 Million years old and donated by Cliffe Hill Quarry, stands on a four-sided platform of stone which has black granite inserts on each of its sides, etched with scenes from the village's history.

The etchings depict (1, facing The Green) Charles Booth with the Thringstone House Community Centre in the background; (2, facing Loughborough Road) The beautiful six-arch railway viaduct in Gracedieu Woods; (3, facing Bauble Yard) The ruined Priory of Gracedieu and various local buildings including St Andrews Church and the Gables, Main Street; (4, facing Main Street) A coal miner and working pony, with commemorative inscription over.

The landmark was designed and constructed by Kurt Russell, a Leicestershire Stonemason, and the cost was approximately three thousand pounds.

The sculpture was officially unveiled on Saturday, 20 January 2001 by David Taylor, M.P for North West Leicestershire, and also present on this occasion (and depicted in the above photograph) were Steve Jones (Operations Manager at Cliffe Hill Quarry); Mrs Janet Cufflin (Chairperson of the village Millennium Committee) and other committee members, namely Peter Atkin, Tom Fairbrother and Mrs Brenda Simpson. Mrs Lillian Taylor - then Manager of the Rose and Crown - was also an active member of the group.

During the summer of 2001, block paving was laid around the sculpture and a bench was provided by North West Leicestershire District Council in memory of the late Mrs Agnes Smith, village Concillor for some twenty-six years. Two additional benches were also provided from surplus funds raised by the Millennium Committee."

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Can you tell us who created the item: Kurt Russell

Condition of the item: Great

So what did YOU do for the millennium?: Not listed

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