Call to ‘clean up’ Massey memorial

William Massey.
William Massey.

The state of a memorial to Limavady native, William Ferguson Massey, has been blasted “a disgrace” by a local councillor who wants to see something done to clean it up.

Located near the taffic lights on Upper Irish Green Street, the decades-old memorial to the former Prime Minister of New Zealand stands near his birthplace at Keenaght.

The plaque on the wall of the memorial to William Ferguson Massey. (2508sj30

The plaque on the wall of the memorial to William Ferguson Massey. (2508sj30

DUP Colr. George Robinson voiced his despair at the state of the memorial, which takes the form of a plaque on a wall, at a recent council meeting.

“It’s a disgrace,” he said. “For such a renowned man better care should be taken. Something should be done. Massey was a renowned gentleman, whether you agree or not.

“I think we should have more respect for the gentleman.”

Colr. Robinson said he had shown the plaque to visitors recently, but was embarrased by the state it was in. He asked that Council look at it to have it cleaned up.

The memorial on Irish Green Street, Limavady, to William Ferguson Massey, as pictured last week. 2508sj30

The memorial on Irish Green Street, Limavady, to William Ferguson Massey, as pictured last week. 2508sj30

Born 26th March, 1856, William Ferguson Massey lived in Limavady until he was 14, when he emigrated to New Zealand.

“From a poor background, Massey worked his way up, beginning as a lowly ploughman and rising to the dizzy heights of Prime Minister in 1912,” cites Limavady Borough Council’s website. “Massey visited Limavady twice during his life, once in 1916 and once in 1923, to a triumphant welcome. A plaque has been erected on Irish Green Street, where his family home was situated, and a full- size bronze statue stands outside the Council Offices on Connell Street.”