Statue clean-up cost revealed

�  Tony Bartholomew ' 07802 400651/mail@bartpics.co.uk'10th november 2011'Scarborough Borough Council workers begin cleaning up the sculpture 'Freddie Gilroy and the Belsen Stragglers' on the North Bay,Scarborough which was vandalised overnight by being covered in bright yellow paint. The sculpture was one of two by sculptor Ray Lonsdale bought for Scarborough and Filey by penisoner Maureen Robinson who is thought to have paid over �40,000 each for them.
� Tony Bartholomew ' 07802 400651/mail@bartpics.co.uk'10th november 2011'Scarborough Borough Council workers begin cleaning up the sculpture 'Freddie Gilroy and the Belsen Stragglers' on the North Bay,Scarborough which was vandalised overnight by being covered in bright yellow paint. The sculpture was one of two by sculptor Ray Lonsdale bought for Scarborough and Filey by penisoner Maureen Robinson who is thought to have paid over �40,000 each for them.

Over £200 was spent by Scarborough Council cleaning paint off the ‘Freddie’ statue after vandals trashed it.

The figures, brought to light via a Freedom of Information request to the authority, show that £240 was spent repairing the damage caused by hoodlums, after they doused the statue in yellow paint in January.

The statue, called Freddie Gilroy and the Belsen Stragglers, depicts the latter years of one of the first soldiers to enter Belsen concentration camp on its liberation in the final days of World War II.

Benevolent Scarborough pensioner Maureen Robinson splashed out around £50,000 to buy it from sculptor Ray Lonsdale on behalf of the town last year.

And The Scarborough News can also reveal that kind-hearted residents have donated more than half the amount needed to buy an information board for the sculpture.

The information board, which is expected to be sited in the near future, has cost Scarborough Council £1,000, and locals have raised £513 to go towards the cost if it.

The council also spent £28 on a plaque.

Mrs Robinson made headlines after the shock acquisition of the statue last December as a “thank you” to the people of Scarborough.

She followed this up by spending a similar amount acquiring a 12ft statue of an angler for Filey.

Council figures show that £852 was spent building a plinth, as well as siting that statue - even though plans are afoot to move the statue again.

Another £28 was spent on another plaque. However, figures show that donations of £863 were made towards the overall cost.