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Tuesday, 24 June 2008

Small Bang

Another piece of sculpture to appear recently in Ashton is this stainless steel work in Henry Square by Paul Margetts, creator of The Family and Glory of the Garden, situated elsewhere in Ashton.

This creation is intended to be a memorial to those who lost their lives in the 1917 Munitions Explosion in Ashton's West End and is said to be inspired by drawings by local children.

When I arrived at Henry Square I looked all around without seeing the sculpture. Then I noticed it right over in one corner, easily overlooked by those passing by. I have to confess to being a little disappointed in it and thought that something a little more grand should commemorate what was probably Ashton's biggest tragedy. "B-of-the-Bang" this isn't!


  1. I spotted this yesterday while passing through Ashton and wasnt very impressed either .

  2. I quite like this one!!! At least it is modern art in a modern setting. I have always wondered why a memorial was never erected to the victims of the munitions explosion. It is good that there is such a memorial now.

  3. Not so much a bang, more a whimper!

  4. My grandmother's young brother James Rigby was killed in the explosion - he was on his way home from school at the time. I'm glad there is now a memorial.

    Mark, Altrincham

  5. I beleive my granddad Joseph Clarke died in the explosion as my father said " he never got to know his father because he was killed in an munition factory" living in Oldham and the fact that my father was born in October 1917 I think this is very lightly. I am pleased that there is a memorial to the people who lost their lives and the sculputure does look like an explosion.


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