"Passing" of old Leek roundabout marked with tribute t-shirt

TOWNSFOLK mourning the loss of Leek's Monument roundabout in 2012 will take comfort that its passing has been recognised by a talented graphic designer Luke Crawforth.

Luke, who was born and bred in Leek, has produced a t-shirt bearing an emblem that marks the traffic island's 143-years standing in the town.

The 24-year-old, who has launched online store Little Peaks of Heaven, which is selling unique merchandise paying homage to his home town, said:" We don't think such an inspiring moment should be forgotten, nor should we forget the beauty that Leek roundabout held."

The roundabout, famous for its floral displays, was at the centre of a 17-month campaign that attracted worldwide media coverage, after protesters camped on the site for two weeks.

The protesters were unhappy at the removal of the roundabout to make way for a £5m road plan which they considered was "unsafe".

Protester Roger Warrilow said after the roundabout's controversial removal: "This is one of the attractions that brings people into Leek and the council has disregarded its most important asset - the town centre - by getting rid of its gateway, this beautiful floral roundabout."

District Judge Peter Rank, at Stoke-on-Trent County Court, ruled the council owned the roundabout and therefore could evict the protesters.

He acknowledged that "many well motivated people" opposed the removal of the roundabout, but that he needed to make a judgement based on law.

Former Leek High School student Luke, whose new range of merchandise includes t-shirts, mobile phone cases and mugs, said: "I just think there's something really satisfying about seeing your hometown feature in your finished product"

At the moment Luke is selling the products online through the website.

" But once we get back to normality [after Covid-19], I will start speaking to some of the shops in the town and market traders to see if we can work together," he said.

For more information, visit the website teespring.com or search Little Peaks of Heaven on Facebook or Instagram.


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