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Graham Taylor window boards up for auction


The boards used to dress an empty building during Graham Taylor’s funeral on 1st February 2017 are being sold by Watford BID, in an online auction to raise money for the major refurbishment of St Mary’s Church, the venue at which the funeral was held.

Eight boards are up for grabs, in the auction which is running on eBay until 7pm on Sunday 9th April. They include images of Graham Taylor and a selection of his quotes. They can be found on eBay by searching for ‘Graham Taylor’.

All proceeds will be donated, with the agreement of Graham Taylor’s family, to the major refurbishment of St Mary’s Church, located in the heart of Watford Town Centre. The £1.1 million refurbishment is planned to transform the church into both an inspiring place for worship and a town centre civic building, accessible to all.

Watford Borough Council commissioned Murrill Construction to enhance the area of St Mary’s Square ahead of the funeral. The works included the design, manufacturing, erecting and removal of large commemorative boards, placed over the windows of the former One Bell pub. The Council and Murrill Construction donated the boards for auction at no cost.

Kwame Tefe, Chair of Watford BID said, “We were only too happy to take on this auction as it’s a great way of getting unique Graham Taylor memorabilia into the hands of dedicated Watford FC fans, while at the same time raising funds for a project that will enhance an iconic landmark in Watford Town Centre.”

David Brown, Chair of Development and Fundraising at St Mary’s Church said, “It’s so generous of Graham Taylor's family to donate the proceeds of the auction to the Church. We are so grateful because every penny raised will make such a difference to us. This donation will help towards our vision of making St Mary's an inspiring place of worship in the 21st century together with providing a community hub for everybody right in the heart of our town.