Launch of Plymouth memorial fund for Michael Foot
A CAMPAIGN to create a memorial for a well-known city politician has been launched.
Michael Foot is set to be remembered in Freedom Fields Park, opposite the house in which he was born nearly a century ago.
Last night the Michael Foot Plymouth Memorial Appeal officially launched with hopes to raise £60,000 solely by public subscription to make the project possible.
Mr Foot's niece, Alison Highet, sits on the Michael Foot Plymouth Memorial Appeal committee.
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She said: "For our family it's marvellous. Michael died two years ago but he will live in our memory forever. This is a great way for us to remember him.
"To us it really is amazing, he would be very honoured to have a memorial."
Chair of the Michael Foot Memorial Appeal, Peter Jones, added: "We have been preparing for this for six months. It is a very exciting time for us and for Plymouth.
"Michael grew up here and loved Plymouth. We need to remember him, his values, and his beliefs, and we think this is the perfect way to do that."
The project began in May 2012 when the city Labour Party included the memorial within its manifesto.
Leader of the council, Councillor Tudor Evans, said: "I was really pleased to include this in our manifesto in May .
"We want to celebrate the contribution Michael made to the city. He loved Plymouth and Plymouth loved him."
Born in Plymouth in 1913, Michael Foot is remembered as a towering figure in British politics.
He was elected as the Member of Parliament for Plymouth Devonport in 1945 and later as the MP for Ebbw Vale in 1960 until 1992.
After a distinguished Parliamentary career, he became Leader of the Labour Party in 1980.
Mr Foot is remembered in Plymouth as a popular MP, a trade unionist and a successful journalist but also as a loyal and high-profile supporter of Plymouth Argyle.
Right up until his death in 2010 Mr Foot remained an ardent supporter of the city of Plymouth, its football team and its people.
In terms of what the memorial will look like, the group's aim is to create a monument which reflects Mr Foot's love of words and for them to be carved, etched or cut out.
Possible materials include Cornish granite, Plymouth limestone and stainless steel.
The group also hopes the memorial will be a place for city residents to dwell and reflect with a view towards The Hoe and Plymouth Sound.
Given sufficient funds, unveiling of the memorial will be on the 100th anniversary of Michael Foot's birth on July 23, 2013.
A website has been launched dedicated to the Michael Foot Memorial Campaign and for more information or to support the appeal visit www.michaelfoot.org.