Graham Taylor window boards up for auction

The boards used to dress an empty building during Graham Taylor’s funeral on 1 February 2017 are being sold by Watford BID in an online auction.

Published: Monday, 3rd April 2017

The money raised will go towards the major refurbishment of St Mary’s Church, the venue at which the funeral was held.

Eight boards are up for grabs in the auction which is running on eBay until 7pm on Sunday this week (9 April). They include images of Graham Taylor and a selection of his quotes.

The former Old Bell pub was transformed for Graham Taylor's funeral.

The former Old Bell pub was transformed for Graham Taylor's funeral.

All proceeds will be donated, with the agreement of Graham Taylor’s family, to the major refurbishment of St Mary’s Church, located in the heart of Watford Town Centre. The £1.1 million refurbishment is planned to transform the church into both an inspiring place for worship and a town centre civic building, accessible to all.

Watford Borough Council commissioned Murrill Construction to enhance the area of St Mary’s Square ahead of the funeral. The works included the design, manufacturing, erecting and removal of large commemorative boards, placed over the windows of the former One Bell pub. The council and Murrill Construction donated the boards for auction at no cost.

One of the boards was made up of inspiring quotes from the Watford F legend.

One of the boards was made up of inspiring quotes from the Watford FC legend.

Kwame Tefe, Chair of Watford BID said: “We were only too happy to take on this auction as it’s a great way of getting unique Graham Taylor memorabilia into the hands of dedicated Watford FC fans, while at the same time raising funds for a project that will enhance an iconic landmark in Watford town centre.”

David Brown, Chair of Development and Fundraising at St Mary’s Church, said: “It’s so generous of Graham Taylor's family to donate the proceeds of the auction to the Church. We are so grateful because every penny raised will make such a difference to us. This donation will help towards our vision of making St Mary's an inspiring place of worship in the 21st century together with providing a community hub for everybody right in the heart of our town. 

For further information about Watford BID visit the website www.watfordbid.co.uk. Alternatively visit the Watford BID offices at Suite 5 Kings Court, 153 High Street, Watford, WD17 2ER or contact them on 01923 919989 or email enquiries@watfordbid.co.uk.

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