Help Welwyn Garden City man find new home for crucifix

PUBLISHED: 15:58 03 August 2012

Jerry Larke Jesus cross

Jerry Larke Jesus cross


EVERY man has his cross to bear – and for Jerry Larke that is quite literally the case.

Two years ago, the WGC resident found a discarded crucifix in the graveyard of the 12 Apostles Church in Brookmans Park, during a visit with his wife Poppy.

Though not particularly religious, he felt compelled to take the artefact home, and this year he finally got round to restoring it to its former glory.

Now Jerry, 66, is hoping a church in the area will give it a new home.

“I’m not really religious, but I thought it would be a shame to leave it,” said Jerry, from Kelbys.

“It looked quite sorry for itself. It was very rain sodden and it seemed a bit disrespectful for me to just leave it there.”

Before he retired, Jerry earned a living restoring classic cars – but this was the first time he’d worked on a religious object.

It took him about two months to restore the 7ft by 3ft crucifix, replacing the corpus’s plaster arms and repainting Jesus and the cross.

“I’ve never restored a religious work before,” said the dad-of-two.

“It was quite interesting. It was something different for me. I believe it was originally made in the 1920s or 30s.

“I’m sure there’s a church round here that wants one.”

Jerry said he would give the crucifix away for free, in return for a donation to the Riding for the Disabled Association in Digswell Place, WGC.

He can also deliver the crucifix if required.

If you are interested in taking the crucifix, call the WHT on 07785 616273 and we’ll put you in touch with Jerry.

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