Friday, 2 March 2012

Joseph Brotherton has come home

Joseph Brotherton was Salford's first MP and a leading vegetarian. He was an important Victorian reformer and campaigned amongst other things for the urban masses to have access to green spaces. He was one of the movers behind the opening of Peel Park which was one of the world's first public parks. His statue was erected in the park but later on sold, moved around a bit and ended up on the wrong side of the River Irwell. For the last few years he seems to have been stranded on a rather neglected patch of river bank looking longingly at the fair city of Salford across the river. Now he's been moved home and will be part of the new river walkway between Salford Central Station and the Lowry Hotel.

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