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Darwen gets go-ahead for new ‘golden towers’
DARWEN is set to be brightened up with new golden replicas of its iconic tower after the town council agreed to have a new mould made.
The golden towers already line the tops of railings in the town centre and outside Darwen Academy.
But the mould used to make the miniature landmarks was accidentally thrown away after a storage room was cleared out.
Town councillor Simon Huggill had investigated having a new mould produced for £1,200 and his proposal was given the green light by the council’s finance committee.
Coun Huggill said that once the mould was made and new models cast, they could be used to adorn more railings in the town and even sold as souvenirs.
He said: “First of all we want to look at making the hand rails outside the Post Office black with the little towers on the top, like in Market Street.
“They could also be used as waymarkers for heritage trails or to mark the routes up to the tower.
“We could even sell them to people who want to put them in their gardens, or use them for trophies and other things like that.”
Coun Huggill said he wanted to expand the areas where the towers were used as it was part of what made the town unique. He said: “When the Darwen Academy scheme was being done I wanted something in keeping with the conservation area and I think they look really well.
“I enjoy driving through the town and seeing the towers as they are very nice to look at.
“It is another thing that makes Darwen unique. It has the same effect as the lions in London.”
Coun Huggill said the mould and towers would be produced using firms in Helmshore and Accrington.
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