Happy ending for tunny fish tale as final date is set

The tunny fish sculpture which will be installed on the East Pier on Friday.
The tunny fish sculpture which will be installed on the East Pier on Friday.
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A giant steel tunny fish will finally be installed on Scarborough’s East Pier on Friday - 10 months after the sculpture was first mooted.

Durham-based artist Ray Lonsdale’s statue, which cost tens of thousands of pounds, was set to be installed at Christmas after it was approved by the borough council.

But generous pensioner Maureen Robinson, who bought the tunny fish for the town, has had to wait until now for a final date and location.

A concrete base has already been fitted close to the Marine Drive Toll House and Mr Lonsdale will install the sculpture in the morning.

Mrs Robinson said: “It’s been a long haul but I’m delighted it’s a happy ending and I’m really looking forward to seeing it. I think they have managed to pick a good spot in the end and it should be very nice.”

Plans to install the statue were delayed amid health and safety fears that its tail was “too pointy”.

Scarborough Council was concerned that it could injure children and passers-by, but it has now been agreed that it can be installed on condition its tail sticks out between the railings.

The life-size seven-foot long fish sculpture resting on a 12ft tall stand is intended to celebrate the town’s bluefin tuna fishing history.

Mrs Robinson also bought the iconic Freddie Gilroy and Smuggler’s Apprentice statues for the town, but has thrown out plans to create a heritage sculpture trail due to the delays in finding a suitable location for her latest gift.