Published: Mon 28th March, 2022
Residents are being invited to have a say on a planned memorial to mark the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on local communities.
The Hope Bell will be a lasting memorial to all those in Charnwood who have lost their lives in the Covid-19 pandemic and a tribute to NHS and key workers. It will also be a beacon of hope for the future and a reminder of how communities came together to support each other in challenging times.
The Hope Bell, which will be located in Queen's Park in Loughborough, will see the creation of a clock chime installation comprising four, quarter chime bells and the main Hope Bell to sound the hours.
Charnwood Borough Council is working with Vertigo Creative to design the memorial and has opened an online survey to seek views.
To have a say on the Hope Bell project, visit www.charnwood.gov.uk/hopebell
The survey closes on April 30, 2022.
The Hope Bell will also showcase Loughborough’s unique and long history of bell-making. Taylor’s bell foundry is the only working bell foundry in the country and it is responsible for the 47 bells that hang in the Carillon Tower in Queen’s Park along with many other famous bells cast globally, including the Great Paul in St Paul’s Cathedral which is the largest bell ever cast in this country.
The Hope Bell is part of a project called Lanes and Links which aims to better connect Loughborough town centre and Queen's Park. The project is one of 11 being supported by Loughborough Town Deal which last year secured £16.9 million from the Government's Towns Fund. In total, the 11 projects are worth over £40 million of investment into Loughborough.