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13/05/15: Power operator helps to create Peace Garden in Kendal

Engineers from Electricity North West swapped electricity poles for a ‘peace pole’ as they helped build a special commemoration to mark the First World War. Joe Robinson from Electricity North West

The company which operates the local power network used its equipment and expertise to transport the five-meter-tall oak pole more than 30 miles from a timber’s yard in Penrith to Kendal College to be carved and then on Monday on to Abbott Hall Park to be put in place in a new garden.

The pole, which is inscribed with the words ‘May Peace Prevail on Earth’ written on each side, now joins more than 100,000 peace poles sited in 180 different countries around the world.

The peace pole will be located in a new garden at Abbott Hall Park which has been designed to promote peace and commemorate the First World War. The garden is planned to be officially opened next week.

Martin Deehan, Cumbria operations director for Electricity North West, said: “We’re Electricity North West's Andrew Boowdelighted to be able to offer our services to this great project. We look after 130,000 wooden electricity poles in Cumbria to support overhead power lines and keep the lights on, but this one is just as important to the local area.”

Tom Clare, the Mayor for Kendal, said: “I am delighted Electricity North West has been able to support the project by giving their expertise.”

Electricity North West helps to create Peace Garden in Kendal

L-R: Tom Clare, Mayor of Kendal, Philip Wood, construction technician at Kendal College, Andrew


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