Gift really is a ‘steel’ for town

Michael and Maureen Robinson pictured with the personalised steel book containing the blue print for the statue they bought on behalf of the town from sculptor Ray Lonsdale.  Picture by Dave Kettlewell. 115065'15/12/11
Michael and Maureen Robinson pictured with the personalised steel book containing the blue print for the statue they bought on behalf of the town from sculptor Ray Lonsdale. Picture by Dave Kettlewell. 115065'15/12/11
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A PHILANTHROPIC Scarborough woman who bought a huge metal sculpture for the town has landed another ‘steel’ – after buying the blueprint for the statue.

Maureen Robinson, of Malvern Crescent, purchased the £48,000 artwork – titled Freddie Gilroy and the Belsen Stragglers – to stand in the North Bay last month.

The statue shows a retired miner, complete with cloth cap and overcoat, casually gazing out to the rough North Sea waters.

However, Mrs Robinson has herself made waves again after obtaining the personalised steel book containing the full outline plans for the statue by artist Ray Lonsdale.

She has now donated the book to Scarborough for residents and future visitors to enjoy.

After buying the statue, Mrs Robinson told the Evening News it had stirred a long-held ambition within to leave Scarborough with a permanent legacy.

She said: “I just love the tranquillity and the serenity of the sculpture and it is a wonderful thing for the town.

“It is something that people can relate to and so many people have already said how much they like it.

“I’ve been a saver all of my life and this was something that I really wanted to do so I just thought ‘go for it’.”

Scarborough Council bosses have also lauded Mrs Robinson’s benevolence after officially adopting the sculpture, saying the dominating artwork is akin to the famous Angel of the North, adding it could be the catalyst for a tourism boom in the town.

The statue also proved a huge hit after going on display at an art festival in Sandside.