Celtic cross to be craned into place in Saltash this month
AN ICONIC 62ft Celtic cross is expected to be craned into place in Saltash this month.
Workman yesterday lifted a steel framework on to the stone base in Elwell Woods, on the western end of the Tamar Bridge to check the dimensions.
The steelwork will now be fitted to the cross, which is being finished off in a hangar at Newquay Airport.
The man behind the scheme, former Saltash mayor Joe Ellison, said artists were adding gold and silver leaf to the head of the cross this week.
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Erecting the structure will have to wait for the right weather conditions. It cannot be lifted into place if the wind strength is above 10 knots or if the temperature is too low.
The cross is so long that it cannot take the direct route from Newquay Airport to Saltash along the A38 through the narrow Glyn Valley near Liskeard.
Instead it will travel via the A30 to Exeter, then back to Plymouth on the A38.
The £600,000 project includes the rejuvenation and opening up of the formerly private two-acre Elwell Woods and the planting of an orchard.