Sculpture homage to harbour work

The Anchorman Sculpture on Bridlington Harbour Top'NBFP PA1529-5
The Anchorman Sculpture on Bridlington Harbour Top'NBFP PA1529-5

A long awaited ‘anchorman’ sculpture has finally been erected to serve a celebration of Bridlington Harbour’s history and workers.

The work was created by established local artist Ronald Falck, best known locally for his shepherd and sheep sculptures at the Dotterel roundabout.

Barry Guildford, chairman of the West Street and Surrounding Area Action Group, said the campaign for the sculpture last nearly two years.

He said: “The Anchorman scheme received overwhelming support from Bridlington residents, visitors and local businesses alike, particularly in view of the fact that no public money would be needed to fund the project.

“However, last December East Riding of Yorkshire Council finally refused the group permission to erect the sculpture in their gardens.

“West Street and Surrounding Area Action Group then approached the Bridlington Harbour Commissioners to see if they could assist us in finding a home for the sculpture.

“They agreed to allow the sculpture to be sited on the roof of their offices. While not being the precise location for which it was intended, this option provides a high profile position for the Anchorman where he can be viewed with the harbour as his backdrop.”

Mr Guildford added that the statue celebrates and symbolises the hard work of harbour worker, both past and present, and will serve to enhance and enliven the harbour scene.