On the centenary anniversary of the opening of King George’s Way on Bidston Hill by King George V, the Friends Group were delighted to welcome the Mayor and Mayoress of Wirral to perform the unveiling of the refurbished footpath sign originally placed there on 25th March 1914.
The original sign was lost many years ago due to old age and adverse weather effects however, in 1989 Mr Cassidy, a local locksmith, had a replica made incorporating the original metal plate. Some years later the sign was damaged by vandals and was sent back to Mr Cassidy for repair but he sadly died before completion of the work. Last autumn, John Jakeman traced Mr Cassidy’s son who still had the replacement sign and metal plate, this was handed to Russ Cottrell, a local wood carver who did a fantastic job of making a new sign to house the original plate out of reclaimed mahogany.
Both Peter Vincent, our Treasurer, and Russ have put in a great deal of time and effort in creating the refurbished signpost and I would like to extend my thanks for all their hard work.
After the ceremony, and on such a special occasion, we invited the Mayor and Mayoress to visit the Windmill, which they gladly accepted as they had previously expressed an interest in viewing the interior of the building. They were both much impressed by the preserved condition of the Mill and the intact workings still in place after all these years.
All considered, we had a great afternoon and I would like to thank the Mayor and Mayoress for their kind attendance and for making this historic event so successful. I would also like to thank everyone that attended for their support and hope you enjoyed the experience as much as I did.