Project showing views above Peel Tower in Bury tourist information centre reopens

Project showing views above Peel Tower in Bury tourist information centre reopens


With a smile on his face, a kind-hearted man walked into Bury’s vacationer info centre to open his distinctive challenge to the general public after a brief delay

Trevor Davies, 76, from Walshaw, created the £6,000 self-funded challenge that provides beautiful views from the highest of Peel Tower to guests of the Moss Road centre.

The concept was devised after he provided to switch the flagpole on high of the tower.

He then thought up an progressive approach of showcasing the views from the tower.

Semi-retired businessman Trevor needed to showcase Bury’s magnificence by putting in two cameras, a zoom digicam and a 360 diploma mannequin on the high of the long-lasting Holcombe Hill constructing.

He forked out 1000’s of his personal cash to “give again to Bury” because the city has at all times been good to him.

Trevor additionally hoped that by putting in a show and display screen within the info workplace, extra folks would go to the city centre. 

Final week, the cameras have been fitted however they have been briefly turned off lower than 24 hours after it opened as a result of a planning hitch.

The attraction was closed off after it got here to mild no consent was given to alter the material of Peel Tower, which is a listed constructing.

However permission has now been granted and the gorgeous views above the borough have been made out there to the general public once more yesterday, Tuesday. 

Trevor mentioned: “We had some upset after six months of planning and dealing, we put up the cameras and the flagpole, put in the TV unit and monitor after which simply earlier than connecting it, the council instructed us no.

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“I needed to take the cameras again down as a result of I didn’t need anybody to get into hassle, 24 hours later, the council determined to grant us the permission so then we put all of them again up once more.

“It has been demanding and fairly a process however we’re right here now, I’ve a bit extra paperwork however it’s lastly open so you may see the views from reside in right here.”

Angela Warrington and Cath Ashton from the Vacationer Data Workplace (Harriet Heywood)

Cath Ashton from the vacationer info centre mentioned: “It’s superb for individuals who aren’t capable of climb Peel Tower to have the ability to witness these views.

“Now we have already had somebody are available in and inform us how excited they’re for this as a result of they use to like going up however can’t anymore now they’ve gotten older.”

Now capable of flip the footage again on, Trevor cracked a smile and a joke as he identified the completely different areas you may see from the digicam.

He added: “And there you may see Ramsbottom, and when you don’t know the place that’s… it is about 3ft from its head.

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He laughed, including: “It’s nice for folks to return in and see however I might undoubtedly encourage folks to nonetheless go up there in particular person if they’ll and see the historical past.

“For instance, there’s a enormous Second World Battle bomb crater subsequent to the tower, it solely simply missed it!”

The Bolton News: Trevor Davies setting up the live screenTrevor Davies organising the reside display screen

Talking concerning the delay in exhibiting the reside footage, Cllr Alan Quinn, cupboard member for the atmosphere on the council, mentioned final week: “There was a short pause whereas we type out the difficulty of listed constructing consent, however the cameras will likely be again as quickly as potential so everybody can benefit from the super views of the world round Peel Tower.

“Peel Tower is a very iconic a part of our panorama, and we welcome any initiative – corresponding to Trevor’s – that permits extra folks to understand the great thing about Bury from its highest level.

“We’ve already seen how fashionable it has been with the general public, and we’re eager for that to proceed. 

“I might prefer to placed on document my due to Trevor Davies for this improbable initiative which is able to let thousands and thousands of individuals worldwide benefit from the view from Peel Tower.”

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