All went well for the installation of the Invictus Vase of Hope in Victoria gardens onFriday 3rd August.

MacSalvors were there early to get everything ready for when the Mayor arrived for the ceremonial craning and placement at 11am.

The vase has been kindly donated by Richard Austin of the Sculptor Workshop in Wadebridge. Richard was commissioned to make the vase by a Middle Eastern sheikh but then declined to sell it to him for human rights reasons. As a huge act of generosity he decided to donate it to the Invictus Trust, and whilst we were delighted we realised we had to find a very prominent home for it.

Step in Roger Gazzard, an old friend of Invictus and the town clerk for Truro who suggested a spot in Victoria Gardens by the bandstand. After much consultation with Richard Budge, the head gardener, and a great deal of work by Julian Pullen and Cameron MacQuarrie at MacSalvors the vase has been moved from Wadebridge to Truro having first been sign written beautifully by Andrew Grundon.

Richard Budge and Julian have worked out how to fix the vase and ensure it is safe and it was lowered into place by MacSalvors on Friday at 11am just in time for the Britain in Bloom judging!

It is really encouraging that all of this work has been done at no charge – a real example of Cornish goodwill and businesses pulling together to make something special happen.