A campaign to commemorate one of the fathers of the industrial revolution is underway in his birthplace in Preston.

Sir Richard Arkwright, born in 1732 was known as the father of the factory system after he created the world’s first successful water powered cotton spinning mill which was a vital step towards full scale factory production.

The campaign, which hopes to raise £100,000 to build a bronze statue, hopes to correct a anomaly of history, which has seen the inventor of the mechanised spinning frame, go largely unrecognised.

According to the .

Wilf Boardman, chair and co-founder of the statue appeal, said: “We need to raise £100,000 to make this happen. Tony Slater (appeal organiser) and myself have been working hard to achieve this vision, but we can’t do it alone. We want the business community, education, community groups and the people of Preston to get behind this project and help us achieve it.”

For full details about the campaign, contact Tony Slater, co-founder and appeals organiser, at t.slater2@btinternet.com or on 01772 200181 or 07703475258.


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