Turn Back Time cameras spot Shepton cross' disrepair

Shepton Mallet cross
Image caption The group hopes to raise £89,000 to restore Shepton Mallet cross

A campaign has been launched to save a Somerset landmark after a BBC television show found it was crumbling and in a poor state of repair.

The market cross in Shepton Mallet has been shown dozens of times on the BBC 1 show Turn Back Time - the High Street.

Supporters of the campaign hope to raise £89,000 to restore the 50ft (15m) high statue.

Glastonbury Festival's Michael Eavis said: "It's part of the scenery and it's a bit of a trademark for Shepton."

He added: "One would prefer to keep it there rather than have it fall down. It's part of the heritage and it has a value.

"I'm not saying I'm paying for it but I can lead the way."

The group's trustee Jeanette March said: "The market cross is Shepton Mallet and it's the most important icon that we have."

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