Arboretum in line to host iconic Knife Angel
The National Memorial Arboretum could be another destination for the Shropshire Knife Angel.
Built by Alfie Bradley at the British Ironwork Centre, near Oswestry, the angel is currently on a tour of the UK and has most recently been in Coventy.
Now the arboretum could be on the list for the UK tour for the sculpture after the new high sheriff of Staffordshire, Ashley Brough, showed an intention to take it to the region.
The National Memorial Arboretum is Britain's year-round national site of remembrance at Alrewas, near Lichfield, Staffordshire. The 150-acre site honours the fallen, recognises service and sacrifice, and fosters pride in the British Armed Forces and civilian community.
British Ironwork Centre chair Clive Knowles said the angel could go there later this year or early next year.
He said: "I’ve offered two options within the calendar being October 2019 and January 2020.
"The Knife Angel is a memorial it’s got hundreds of names engraved upon it of youths lost to violence.
"I personally believe that all the families affected by violence and in particular knife crime will be delighted that the national UK tour will include Staffordshire and in particular the NMA."