Queen Vic’s re­vamp

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The restora­tion of the land­mark statue of Queen Vic­to­ria in the Town Hall gar­dens has moved a step for­ward thanks to the Scar­bor­ough and Dis­trict Civic So­ci­ety.

Pres­i­dent, Adrian Perry, says the so­ci­ety has found a suit­able con­trac­tor to carry out the work and scaf­fold­ing has now gone up.

“This is a project we started two years ago,” says Mr Perry in the so­ci­ety’s lat­est news­let­ter.

He added that he was hope­fully the restora­tion work could be com­pleted “in the com­ing months”.

Some of the fund­ing has been pro­vided through a legacy from the late Richard Flowitt, a for­mer vice chair­man, said Mr Perry.

The statue is one of seven orig­i­nal bronze stat­ues made by sculp­tor Charles Bell Birch which stand around the world as far as Aus­tralia and In­dia.

The statue orig­i­nally cost £600 which in to­day’s money is ap­prox­i­mately £65,000.

It was un­veiled in 1903, two years af­ter Queen Vic­to­ria’s death.

The so­ci­ety is also plan­ning to up­date its Scar­bor­ough Blue Plaques brochure, which fea­tures the plaques which have been erected in mem­ory of promi­nent peo­ple with Scar­bor­ough links.

Mr Perry said the so­ci­ety – which was founded in 1964 by the late Sir Mered­ith Whit­taker, one time owner of the Scar­bor­ough and Dis­trict News­pa­pers, and the late Gerry Str­e­f­ford, a lead­ing gents out­fit­ter – had “much to do in the com­ing months”.

Scaf­fold­ing has gone up

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