APRIL FOOLS: Plans to make sure Freddie scuplture is ‘all white’

An artist's impression of 'Freddie' with the white paint finish
An artist's impression of 'Freddie' with the white paint finish

Plans have been unveiled to paint Scarborough’s iconic Freddie sculpture white in an effort to reduce growing maintenance costs.

The North Bay landmark, entitled Freddie Gilroy and the Belsen Stragglers, has to be cleaned on a daily basis as a result of it being blighted by seagull droppings - costing Scarborough Council thousands of pounds a year.

The imposing work of art, created by sculptor Ray Lonsdale, is made from a special weathering steel that is meant to age gradually and become an intrinsic part of the landscape,

However, councillors are concerned that the large number of droppings are ruining the appearance of the statue and that the addition of a special white paint would make them less noticeable to the thousands of visitors who pose to have their photograph taken with Freddie each year.

The proposed paint job would also mean that it would only have to be repainted once every five years due to the paint’s salt-resistant properties. The sculpture currently has to be coated in a special oil on annual basis to protect it from the elements due to its exposed location.

Freddie was erected in Marine Drive in 2011 after generous pensioner Maureen Robinson bought the giant sculpture for Scarborough.