IN PICTURES: Bridlington’s Gansey Girl

Bridlington's Gansey Girl
Bridlington's Gansey Girl

The new Gansey Girl sculpture on Bridlington Harbour is proving hugely popular with locals and visitors.

Here are a selection of favourite pictures of the new attraction, taking by local photographers and Free Press readers.

Bridlington's Gansey Girl

Bridlington's Gansey Girl

The Gansey Girl was unveiled last month as part of the Maritime Trail in Bridlington. The bronze statue is the work of local artist Steve Carvill and depicts a fisherman’s wife knitting a sweater for her husband.

“Gansey is how the sweaters became known locally, ” says Chris Wright, chairman of the Bridlington Harbour Commissioners who, jointly with East Riding of Yorkshire Council have funded the statue.

“Their real name is Guernsey but we have always called them Ganseys and they tend to come in the colours of blue and off-white. They’re particularly sought after these days as they are traditionally knitted all in one piece rather than stitching the sleeves on later.

“The Maritime Trail starts at the south-west end of the harbour, runs across the harbour and over to North Pier, and then from there to the seafront.

Bridlington's Gansey Girl

Bridlington's Gansey Girl

“We’re also looking forward to a quite different maritime statue being unveiled at the new Leisure World complex in Spring 2016. It will be a surfer. Bridlington’s North Beach is said to have been the first place where the Hawaiian royal family surfed when they came over to the UK.”

We asked local photographers and readers to send their favourite shots of the sculpture, taken in differing weather conditions and at different times of day. Here are a selection by Paul Atkinson, Clive Mitchell, Charlie Kilburn, Shane Atken, Steven Kilbride, Kev Elvin and Coun Shelagh Finlay.

Bridlington's Gansey Girl

Bridlington's Gansey Girl

Bridlington's Gansey Girl

Bridlington's Gansey Girl

Bridlington's Gansey Girl

Bridlington's Gansey Girl

Bridlington's Gansey Girl

Bridlington's Gansey Girl

Bridlington's Gansey Girl

Bridlington's Gansey Girl

Bridlington's Gansey Girl

Bridlington's Gansey Girl

Bridlington's Gansey Girl

Bridlington's Gansey Girl

Bridlington's Gansey Girl

Bridlington's Gansey Girl