Celebration marks end of project to restore historic pinnacle

Front row, from left to right, Mary Robinson, Gill French, Clitheroe Town Mayor Mark French, Ribble Valley Mayor Joyce Holgate, Pauline Wood; back row,  Len Middleton, Steve Burke, Tony Goodbody and Martin Seddon.

Front row, from left to right, Mary Robinson, Gill French, Clitheroe Town Mayor Mark French, Ribble Valley Mayor Joyce Holgate, Pauline Wood; back row, Len Middleton, Steve Burke, Tony Goodbody and Martin Seddon.

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Those involved with the restoration of the historic Pinnacle in Clitheroe Castle’s grounds gathered for an end of project celebration and the official launch of a book that follows the project from start to finish.

The project team and its supporters met at The Atrium Cafe to celebrate the project’s completion and at the same time thank everyone involved.

The Pinnacle lit up. (s)

The Pinnacle lit up. (s)

Project Leader Steve Burke said: “This has been an exercise in community cooperation.

“The most rewarding aspect is how different groups have pulled together – the county council, local councils, the civic society and Pendle Primary School children.”

Illuminated during the evening, Mr Burke added how people have said that the Pinnacle should be lit up all the time.

Ahead of the celebration, new fingerpost signs directing visitors to the Pinnacle Garden, formerly the Rose Garden, have been erected in Clitheroe Castle grounds.

The new interpretation panel. (s)

The new interpretation panel. (s)

Designed, manufactured and installed by Duncan Armstrong, with assistance from Ribble Valley Borough Council’s Direct Services Organisation, these signs direct visitors to this unique piece of Clitheroe’s heritage.

A new interpretation panel, designed jointly by Clitheroe Civic Society plus the students and staff from the University of Lancashire’s Department of Art, Design and Performance, has also been installed.

The Crinoidal Limestone boulder, which it sits on, was donated and delivered free of charge by Hanson Cement, Clitheroe, and installed jointly by the council’s Direct Services Organisation and Brian Dent Plant Hire.

The Pinnacle, which is set on a stone plinth in the grounds of Clitheroe Castle, once adorned the roofline of the Houses of Parliament and was brought to the town by Sir William Brass to mark the coronation of King George VI in 1937. However, as the condition of the Pinnacle dramatically deteriorated vital work to restore the Grade II monument was carried out following months of fund-raising by the Clitheroe Civic Society who have led the project.

One of the new fingerpost signs. (s)

One of the new fingerpost signs. (s)

This Clitheroe Castle sign has been updated in order to direct visitors to the restored Pinnacle. (s)

This Clitheroe Castle sign has been updated in order to direct visitors to the restored Pinnacle. (s)