CALLING ALL MERSEYSIDERS TO HELP ‘FINISH OFF GEORGE’
- Restoration project needs local support-
website has been launched to help return one of the city’s finest
examples of sculpture to the public spotlight. Aptly named
finishoffgeorge.co.uk, the website has been
launched to raise more than £3m to reinstate and sculpt the lost
tympanum in the south pediment of St George’s Hall.
The project will take 3 years to complete and the organiser, the
Merseyside Forum for Sculpture, is appealing to the city’s residents
and businesses to support the cause.
Terry McGunigle, the local sculpture leading the project commented:-
“The City Council has agreed in principle to support the cause
but we need to raise the funds independently. We know that St
George’s Hall is a much-loved Liverpool landmark and we’re hoping
that the city’s visitors, residents and businesses will help us
raise the £3m we need to truly finish off George and return it to
its former glory. There’s a real misconception that art and
sculpture is just a high-brow pursuit but we hope that
finishoffgeorge.co.uk will help to show that
architecture and sculpture is there for everyone to enjoy.
Completing the pediment will see the final piece of the jigsaw put
in place and as the Capital of Culture year gets closer, it’s an
opportunity to leave a real cultural and artistic legacy for future
The project will see the tympanum, a triangular inlay which will
house a rich collection of carved imagery that will be reinstated.
The original design was a celebration of enterprise, energy, craft
and the skills of the people of Liverpool and Terry has carried this
through in this new design. It will include individual figures
representing Justice, Europe, Neptune, Minerva, Eloquence and
Architecture amongst others. The sculptural frieze was last
seen in the 1950s but was lost to decay and it’s thought that the
rubble was most likely used in hard core during road construction.
Terry continues:- “The loss of the sculpture has destroyed the
total concept for the building as a designed work of art on a
The project will be the largest work of classical sculpture carried
out in this country since before the last war and it will give local
arts students and sculptors a rare opportunity to watch a landmark
project take shape. 1 million pounds is needed to start
the project and will allow local sculptor, Terry, to travel to
Carrara in Italy to hand-select the marble and project manage a team
of the world’s master stone masons. The project will also
allow the Mersey Forum for Sculpture to achieve its broader aims of
preserving traditional carving and stone-mason skills while
providing a more practical experience for the sub-region’s art
students. Any students wishing to get involved should contact Terry
on 0151 922 9440.
Individuals looking to support the project or companies interested
in sponsorship should visit
www.finishoffgeorge.co.uk or call for 0151 239 5000
for more information.
AWOL CBA DISCS MEANS DAILY VIGILANCE NEEDED
MILLIONS of Child Benefit claimants whose personal and financial
details have been lost in the post must check their bank and credit
card statements regularly to ensure they haven’t been targeted by
fraudsters, advises financial data comparison site Moneynet.co.uk.
“This unprecedented level of risk should be taken as a wake-up
call for all consumers.
ID fraud is a thriving business these days and
if these personal details do fall into the wrong hands it could
spell trouble for thousands of people.
once a month or just when a paper copy arrives in the post simply
isn’t often enough anymore, everyone needs to take responsibility
for their own security if their finances and identity are to be kept safe.” says Moneynet.co.uk chief executive
Whilst the Child Benefit Agency discs are still unaccounted for, the
serious risk of complete identify theft is very real and the effects
of this may not surface until sometime in the future. But there are
a few simple steps that everyone can take to minimise the chances of
having their finances drained by thieves.
Check bank statements regularly – take the time to read every
entry and look out for any unusual transactions. Fraudsters don’t
always take large sums, a few smaller amounts are less easy to spot
but the end result can be the same. Anything that can’t be
identified should be reported to the bank or building society.
Keep cards where you can see them:– never allow anyone to
take your card away to process payment. You’ll never know whether
your details have been taken and stored for future use.
Change passwords and PIN numbers regularly:– this is
especially important if your passwords or PIN numbers are related to
other personal information such dates of birth or children’s names.
Armed with mountains of personal information, it’s easy to see how
fraudsters could attempt to guess passwords so the rule here is ‘the
more random the better’.
Never write down your PIN:– sounds obvious but whilst it’s
difficult to remember several PINs, it’s just not worth keeping them
Shred everything that carries personal information:– not just
bank statements but bills and receipts too. Fraud is very
sophisticated and all information can be used to build a plausible
Check your credit report regularly:– Companies such as
Experian and Equifax can provide you with copies of your credit
report so check it regularly for evidence of loans or credit cards
taken out in your name. If you spot anything untoward you should
notify the product provider and also tell the police.
Beware of hoax emails or telephone calls:– fraudsters often
operate by pretending to be financial institutions asking you to
confirm your personal information. No financial institution will
ever ask you to confirm your personal details in this way so be
alert to hoax attempts to extract this information from you.
“This couldn’t have come at a worse time, with Christmas
shopping producing a massive increase in the number of financial
transactions every day. However, a
few simple steps could help to protect personal finances and
mitigate damage even if these details do fall into the wrong hands.” says Brown.
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