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Spa Town of Harrogate receives bequest of statute for Montpellier Gardens

29th March 2014

Categories: News

The spa town of Harrogate, North Yorkshire, has been bequeathed an early 20th century statue sculpted by the notable artist Charles Raphael Peyre.

The bequest has been made in honour of Mrs Mehroo Jehangir daughter of shipping magnate the late Sir Dhunjibhoy Bomanji and his wife Lady Frainy Bomanji.

The Bomanji family is well known for their tradition of service and generosity to Harrogate, which was formally recognised when Lady Bomanji received the Freedom of the Borough in 1984.  Mehroo continued this family tradition after the death of both her parents and until her own death some two years ago.

The great house on Cornwall Road, which became home to the Bomanji family in 1927, was acquired in a multi-million pound sale in September last year. One of Yorkshire’s most historic private homes, the house was little changed from its heyday in British pre-World War II high society.

The statue, which has been positioned in the public gardens on Montpellier Hill, has been donated in memory of Mehroo by the widow of her brother, Mrs Frainy Ardeshir. A plaque will sit alongside the statue to record and honour Mehroo's selfless service.

"Mehrooo loved her home town of Harrogate”, said Mrs Ardeshir. “We know that many people will have fond memories of Mehroo and the good works she did. My family and I wanted to give something to the townspeople which would honour Mehroo and recognise all that she did.”

Councillor Mrs Pat Jones, Harrogate Borough Council's Cabinet Member for Cultural Services, said:  "It was a sad day on 12 July 2012 when Mehroo passed away as it brought to an end the family's residential link with the town but thankfully not the memory of the Bomanji family nor their generosity to the people of Harrogate.”

The statue will be formally received by Councillor Mike Newby, Mayor of the Borough of Harrogate today (Saturday 29 March).

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