Peace pole finds a new home after sale of centre
A 16-FOOT peace pole has been relocated from St Paul's to Easton as part of the UN's World Peace Day.
The globally recognised day is celebrated every year – and this year it was marked in Bristol by the relocation of a specially carved Peace Pole from the Pierian Centre to St Nicholas of Tolentino Church in Easton.
The pole was installed and dedicated in a multi-faith ceremony.
The ceremony involved peace prayers from different world faith traditions, gongs, the lighting of peace candles and the singing of the World Peace Song by pupils from St Nicholas of Tolentino Primary School. Reverend Richard McKay led the service.
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The peace pole was first installed in the courtyard of the Pierian Centre in Portland Square on World Peace Day 2006. The Pierian Centre closed in December and is due to be converted into a language school.
Left with the dilemma of where to put the pole, the founder director of the Pierian Centre, June Burrough, said: "I'd found an ideal purchaser for the building, a Language School that will really look after it well – but finding a home for this beautiful pole was an awful lot harder. I didn't want it hidden away – it's a very public statement – so I couldn't have been happier when Father Richard said it would fit in perfectly with his work at St Nicholas of Tolentino.
"I feel an important part of the Pierian Centre is being passed into very safe hands."
World Peace Day has been celebrated since 1982.
The focus of World Peace Day this year is the Global Truce Campaign.