Albert memorial marks quarrying past
A sculpture depicting a Victorian cobblestone maker – nicknamed Albert – has been unveiled by the site of a former quarry.
The Albert Stone stands as a tribute to the workers who helped make Mountsorrel quarry a success.
It was unveiled by Charnwood Borough Council leader David Slater, who said: "Quarrying has been a major source of employment in Mountsorrel for over a century and I am delighted to see this tribute to Albert, commissioned by Lafarge and skillfully sculpted by Graeme Mitcheson.
He said Broad Hill was an appropriate location as it was on an area restored after quarrying. Mr Mitcheson spent a month crafting the Albert Stone out of a block of granite he picked from the quarry.
Granite sett-making was the lifeblood of the quarry for 150 years, supplying road-building blocks nationwide.
Phil Cox, business manager for Lafarge Aggregates, which runs the site, said: "Albert is a perfect example of a local man making his living at the local quarry, a tradition which continues to this day and which we hope will continue for many more years."