Plans for iconic new ‘Anchorman’ sculpture for Bridlington

South Cliff Gardens at the site of the proposed new sculpture.'pictured Barry Guildford, Margaret Scott-Wright, Bob Hillery.'NBFP PA1347-4

South Cliff Gardens at the site of the proposed new sculpture.'pictured Barry Guildford, Margaret Scott-Wright, Bob Hillery.'NBFP PA1347-4

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Excitement is building in the town over plans to install a new piece of public art by renowned local sculptor Ronald Falck.

The artist, famous for his shepherd sculpture at the Dotterel roundabout, was approached by a Bridlington action group who asked him to get involved with its plan to improve South Cliff Gardens.

Anchorman Sculpture.

Anchorman Sculpture.

He has now submitted an idea for a fibreglass sculpture depicting an anchorman walking jauntily towards the Harbour carrying a Grapnel Anchor over his shoulder and wearing a ‘baccy hat’.

Barry Guildford, chair of West Street and Surrounding Area Action Group, said: “We are convinced that this sculpture has the potential to become a brand for Bridlington, a photo opportunity for all and a memory to live on with visitors after they leave.

“Maybe, if we can get this plan off the ground, it will lead to further cultural improvements around the town and help to develop civic pride in our Great Bridlington.”

However funding for the large sculpture, expected to cost around £6,000, must still be secured and Mr Guildford appealed for members of the public to submit their thoughts. East Riding Councillor Chad Chadwick said: “I think tourists will see it and probably stand next to it for a photograph. People will delight in having their picture taken and if they spread the word when they go home perhaps it will encourage people to come here.

“It is all in the melting pot at the moment, whatever we can do we will support it.”

The action group is in talks with the Bridlington Renaissance team and may incorporate the project with their plan to rejuvenate the town’s Maritime Trail around the seafront. Liz Philpot, Renaissance programme manager for Bridlington, said: “Although the heritage doesn’t change, there is the opportunity to look at bringing in some more interest into the area.

“There is nothing on the trail to say that it is a trail, what we want to do is try and improve the information while you are out and about. As we review that we could look at linking together the two projects.

“Public art is quite a big part of regeneration and we haven’t done much of that yet. Maritime heritage is something which is to be celebrated.

“The council hasn’t got any of its own money, the council is looking to attract money from outside.”

The Maritime Trail begins at the Tourist Information Office, continuing round the harbour, past South Cliff Gardens and finishing at the Spa.

To offer your opinion on the sculpture email your views to the West Street Action Group on wsarg@hotmail.co.uk