We have been awarded the prestigious Rotary International Peace Award for a National Anti-Violence Campaign. On Monday 3rd July, at the 70th Anniversary of the Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod, the British Ironwork Centre was presented with the Peace Award for our National Anti-Violence Campaign. The Peace Award annually recognises an individual or organisation who has contributed to the furtherance of peace and understanding throughout people of the world.
Other contenders for the prize included the Tim Parry Johnathan Ball Foundation for Peace, Welsh Refugee Council and Medecins Sans Frontiers, all of whom are widely known for their charity work completed on an international scale.
The CEO of award sponsors Typhoo Tea, Somnath Saha, and the President of the International Eisteddfod, Terry Waite were on stage to present Clive Knowles, our Chairman, with the award at the festival’s opening ceremony.
After being presented with the award Clive said: “We are honoured to have been considered for this award and overwhelmed to have won, so much has gone into creating the National Monument Against Violence and Aggression and all it stands for. The Ironworks is a family-run business based in the heart of Shropshire, with the goal of making a difference to UK’s knife crime blight, it is truly humbling to be recognised for our work.
“We feel that by winning this award we are one step closer to both the Knife Angel (as it’s affectionately known) and the campaign ‘Save A Life, Surrender Your Knife’, being renowned internationally, raising its status so that it can take centre stage on the Fourth Plinth in Trafalgar Square. This would give the sculpture its loudest voice and would encourage initiatives in turning the tide on the UK’s biggest blight, violence and knife crime.”