A 20m-high Celtic cross has been erected as a landmark
on the Cornwall county boundary.
the structure beside the River Tamar at Saltash hope it will help boost the
number of visitors to the town.
cross is made of carbon fibre and resin impregnated with copper and was created
with £450,000 of lottery funding.
Council gave £50,000 towards the cross.
'Feat of engineering'
The cross was
lifted into place by three cranes early on Sunday on the Saltash side of the
of constructors Gateguards at Newquay said: "I'm mesmerised by it.
lived with it for over a year, but when it was lifted out of the truck to the
vertical I was absolutely gobsmacked by it."
The colour of
the cross's pillar is achieved by the oxidisation of the copper, impregnated in
resin and then bead-blasted to bring the copper to the surface.
chairman of the Saltash Waterfront Residents Association, called the cross, near
the famous Brunel railway bridge, a "modern feat of engineering to be
"The cross was an afterthought, the original plan was to develop the
Elwell woods which have been unused since 1961 and had become a wilderness.
it will become an iconic landmark, our version of the Angel of the North, so
people don't just pass by Saltash, but go in.
expecting another 50,000 people in the town every year. Keeping shops open is
worth its weight in gold."
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