Gansey Girl statue nears completion

The freshly cast bronze sections are being cleaned up and welded together over the next few weeks
The freshly cast bronze sections are being cleaned up and welded together over the next few weeks

A sculpture which pays homage to Bridlington’s fishing families of the past is nearing completion with a view to it being installed in Autumn.

The Gansey Girl sculpture which was designed by artist Steve Carvill and reflects the fishing history and families of Bridlington, will be installed on North Pier as part of the Bridlington Maritime Trail’s tenth anniversary.

The foundry commissioned to mould the Gansey Girl, Mckinney Fine art Foundry, said the work will come as part of a refresh to the popular trail.

Wayne Mckinney said: “She has been designed and made by artist Steve Carvill and will be installed in Bridlington on the North Pier.

“She will become part of the refresh of the Bridlington Maritime Trail, a walking trail around heritage points of interest on and around Bridlington Harbour.

“The trial is currently being updated to make it more attractive to a wider audience and will include inspiring art works, new digital content, fun family resources and street information boards. It is Likely that the trail will be launch in the Autumn.”

Contributors to the trail have included the Holderness Coast Fisheries Local Action Group (FLAG), the Harbour Commissioners, the East Riding of Yorkshire Council, PBS Construction and Mason Clark.

Councillor Jane Evison, cabinet portfolio holder for economy, investment and inequalities at East Riding of Yorkshire Council, added: “Celebrating Bridlington’s maritime heritage is important to the local community and to the council and is a key part of the tourism offer of the town.”

The work was commissioned last year in order to continue the Maritime success and allow a wider audience to celebrate, explore and gain a better understanding about the significance of Bridlington’s fishing history.

It was decided to refresh the trail and bring history to life through emotive new art work, interactive installations and restored artefacts placed around the harbour and sea front.

‘The Gansey Girl’ will be the first of these and represents a young woman knitting a ‘sea’ of Gansey while waiting for her loved one to return. This piece will be set on the North Pier and reflects the support the families of those that fish in the North Sea provide.

The names of local fishing families will be incorporated into the sculpture.

Wayne Mckinney added: “The freshly cast bronze sections are being cleaned up and welded together over the next few weeks.”

For more information on the Gansey Girl sculpture’s process you can follow the Mckinney Foundary on their Twitter page @mckinneyfoundry or you can visit their website at www.mckinneyfoundry.co.uk