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Tributes paid to world famous carpenter from Oswestry, Peter Vidal

Published date: 25 July 2014 |
Published by: Emily Davies 
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“A true knight in shining armour" - tribute have been paid to Peter Vidal 

TRIBUTES have been paid to a world famous carpenter from Oswestry.

Peter Vidal hand-crafted furniture for the likes of the Duke of Westminster, the Sultan of Brunei and even Mick Jagger from his Vidal and Company’s town centre workshop after he came to Oswestry from London during his 20s when he developed a love of antique silver and jewellery.

But most recently he has created a legacy that has put Oswestry on the map as an arts destination.

Following the closure of the Peugeot car salesroom on Willow Street, Mr Vidal put his efforts into converting the site into an arts hub for the town and since it opened in 2010 it has become a haven for local artists and bespoke businesses. Prior to that he had created another gallery in The Old Malthouse just up the road.

Last week, staff at the gallery described the 62-year-old as a “true knight in shining armour”, commenting: “Peter’s intention at that time was, Ludlow for food, Hay for books and Oswestry for art, he was on a mission.

"The mission which would cost him financially and to which he made huge personal sacrifices. But with the support of his family, staff, volunteers and local artists and craftsmen, he tirelessly pursued his intention.

"Peter’s personal motto that anything was possible was infectious, it was the heartbeat that kept everyone going during difficult economic times. As the gallery grows from strength to strength and more people from far and wide visit and attend its full programme of exhibitions, workshops and events, Peter has undoubtedly succeeded in his quest to put Oswestry on the map for art.

“Peter from us all at the Willow you were our true knight in shining armour, are own King Arthur with all the charisma, colour and strength despite failing health, who we respected and thought so highly of.

“We will miss you beyond words and thank you for your generosity, time and spirit. We will continue to keep your legacy going and the fight for the arts and creativity.”

Peter Vidal hand-crafted furniture for the likes of the Duke of Westminster, the Sultan of Brunei and even Mick Jagger from his Vidal and Company’s town centre workshop after he came to Oswestry from London during his 20s when he developed a love of antique silver and jewellery.

But most recently he has created a legacy that has put Oswestry on the map as an arts destination.

Following the closure of the Peugeot car salesroom on Willow Street, Mr Vidal put his efforts into converting the site into an arts hub for the town and since it opened in 2010 it has become a haven for local artists and bespoke businesses. Prior to that he had created another gallery in The Old Malthouse just up the road.

Last week, staff at the gallery described the 62-year-old as a “true knight in shining armour”, commenting: “Peter’s intention at that time was, Ludlow for food, Hay for books and Oswestry for art, he was on a mission.

"The mission which would cost him financially and to which he made huge personal sacrifices. But with the support of his family, staff, volunteers and local artists and craftsmen, he tirelessly pursued his intention.

“Peter’s personal motto that anything was possible was infectious, it was the heartbeat that kept everyone going during difficult economic times. As the gallery grows from strength to strength and more people from far and wide visit and attend its full programme of exhibitions, workshops and events, Peter has undoubtedly succeeded in his quest to put Oswestry on the map for art.

“Peter from us all at the Willow you were our true knight in shining armour, are own King Arthur with all the charisma, colour and strength despite failing health, who we respected and thought so highly of.

“We will miss you beyond words and thank you for your generosity, time and spirit. We will continue to keep your legacy going and the fight for the arts and creativity.”

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