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New home needed for reminders of Gloucester's aviation heritage

By The Citizen  |  Posted: January 22, 2013

LANDING SPOT:  John Lovell, of the Gloucester Civic Trust, with a mural of a Gloster Gladiator.

LANDING SPOT: John Lovell, of the Gloucester Civic Trust, with a mural of a Gloster Gladiator.

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MONUMENTS celebrating Gloucester's proud aviation heritage are set to be restored – if a new home can be found for them.

Gloucester Civic Trust has been quoted £8,000 to repair the aviation murals, made in the late 1970s and early 1980s, but cannot commit to spending the money unless a more secure place to show them off is made available.

The plaques in the Jubilee Garden between Greyfriars and Eastgate Street were given a spruce up in 1998 after being vandalised and weather-worn.

They celebrate the Gloster Aircraft Company, which closed in the early 1960s after almost 50 years in which it produced Britain's first jet fighter, The Meteor. It made a total of 10,000 aeroplanes at its Brockworth factory and at its height had up to 14,000 employees.

Work has started on the Jet age Museum at Staverton but it's not ready to take the murals, said John Lovell, of Gloucester Civic Trust.

"We are not keen on spending £8,000 until we have another location," said Mr Lovell, who with trust founder Canon David Paton, came up with the idea for the murals.

"We are going to ask the Peel Centre and Hucclecote business park and it was even suggested we could ask Cheltenham if they were interested, but we want to keep them in Gloucester."

They were paid for by Gloucester City Council and Tibberton village squire Peter Price and his sister Tania Rose and designed and made by Darsie Rawlins.

A Gloucester City Council spokesman said: "We are no further forward in finding a suitable location."

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