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Quarryman sculpture marks Buxton heritage

A Buxton funeral directors have made their mark on a new sculpture in one of the spa town’s popular parks.

Percival Funeral Directors has inscribed and donated a commemorative plaque on a large wooden sculpture entitled Jack the Quarryman, which celebrates the Derbyshire’s town quarrying heritage, and has been erected in Ashwood Park.

The sculpture was commissioned by Tarmac to celebrate the many years of quarrying in the town. Thanks to High Peak Borough Council and Buxton Town Team, he’s made his home in the park.

Speaking at the unveiling, Mayor Cllr Matthew Stone said: “Three years ago this park was a hidden gem – cared for, but a bit overgrown and needing some extra care and attention. The Town Team took on the challenge and, in partnership with the council’s parks team, have transformed the space.

Tarmac’s Graham Cooper, High Peak Mayor
Cllr Matthew Stone and Simon Fussell from
Buxton Town Team. Photo: High Peak
Borough Council

“I’d like to thank Tarmac for presenting this wonderful sculpture – which will remind us all of the importance of the work done by quarry workers – and thanks also to Percival Funeral Directors for inscribing and donating the commemorative plaque.”

Jack was officially unveiled by Tarmac’s Graham Cooper who said: “The idea for this sculpture came from Viv Russell, director at Tarmac and a member of the quarrying industry for over 40 years.

“The role of quarrying in this area cannot be underestimated and this sculpture is a fitting tribute to all the men and women who have served the industry past, present and future.” 

Percival Funeral Directors is run under the personal supervision of Tom Jepson. Tom is the fifth generation of his family to be a funeral director and is fully qualified having gained his diploma (DipFD) in 2009.

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