Southwark Cathedral commemorates policeman stabbed in London Bridge terror attack with corbel tribute

A policeman who was stabbed in the head during the London Bridge terror attacks has been commemorated at a nearby church.

Southwark Cathedral worked with the City and Guilds of London Art School historic carving department, based in Kennington, to renovate damaged decorative corbels around the church.

PC Wayne Marques, of the British Transport Police, who was one of the first officers on the scene and defended those under attack, has had his face carved into the Cathedral.

PC Marques fought off the three knife-wielding attackers in June 2017 with his batton.

A corbel of the face of Wayne Marques of the British Transport Police

He was left temporarily blinded from a stab wound to the head.

The corbel incorporates the British Transport Police badge and his head shows the scar he bears. A corbel is a structural piece of stone, wood or metal jutting from a wall.

Another two prominent Southwark residents were celebrated in other corbels. Tom Poole, a Southwark Cathedral fundraiser, said: “Three wonderful and exciting new corbels were installed.

The corbels tell something of the Southwark story and will be around for generations to come as the building continues to witness to our faith in God and our pride in this area of London and its people.”

The other corbels include Evelyn Sharp, a Suffragette who founded the United Suffragists at 92 Borough Road, and Doorkins Magnificat, the parish cat.

Mr Poole said: “Evelyn Sharp, Wayne Marques and Doorkins are a very Southwark mix and each one is part of who we are.”

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