AN iconic Furness landmark features on a Parliamentary quilt created to commemorate the victims of the Covid pandemic.

The Sir John Barrow Monument makes up the dozens of stitched panels on the Parliamentary Coronavirus Quilt, which has been unveiled after years in the making..

The quilt is the result of a cross-party project led by MP Dawn Butler to encourage the Parliamentary community to come together in memory of those lost during the pandemic.

Each MP was asked to provide a square patchwork block to the quilt to represent what their experience of the pandemic. 

The Ulverston landmark features on a cross-stitched panel made by Barrow and Furness MP Simon Fell.

He said Hoad held a special place in his heart after visiting it regularly during lockdown.

"It was wonderful later to see the finished Parliamentary Coronavirus Quilt in Portcullis House," Mr Fell said.

"Back in 2021 I received an email suggesting that MPs and peers might collaborate on a quilt to commemorate the loss from the pandemic.

"Each of us was encouraged to submit a panel relevant to our constituency.

"Most days during that first lockdown I took my hour of exercise by walking up to the Hoad and back.

"It became such a constant in my life that it was the obvious choice for the panel I cobbled together.

"My cross-stitch skills are questionable, but I hope I did it justice."

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The well-known Ulverston monument has looked out over the town on Hoad Hill since 1850. 

The quilt was officially unveiled by the House of Commons Speaker, Sir Lindsay Hoyle. 

He said: "Thank you all those who contributed to the Parliament Coronavirus Quilt – each square representing stories from constituencies.

"It is not just a reminder of the challenges of the pandemic but also a testament to the power of communities coming together through love and loss."

The quilt also remembers people who died during the pandemic and pays tribute to the work of the NHS during the pandemic.