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Vandalised Uppies and Downies statue to be repaired

The damaged Uppies and Downies statue in Workington is to be repaired – two years after vandals first struck.

Uppies statue photo
The Uppies and Downies statue in Curwen Park was spray painted

Allerdale council has been struggling to find a specialist to repair one of the symbolic statues, which were targeted by vandals in 2010.

The head of a player on the Uppies statue was broken off as well as the finger of another.

Because the statue had to be “sensitively repaired” the authority found it difficult to find a suitable craftsman.

And last August, Allerdale’s deputy leader Barbara Cannon said that she was “concerned” that it might be unrepairable.

She has now revealed that an order has been placed to mend the statue – which used to stand at the Uppies’ traditional hailing point in Curwen park near Workington Hall.

An Allerdale council spokeswoman said that she understood a contractor was lined up for the repairs but there was still paperwork to sort out so it was too early to say when the work would be carried out. She would not say where the statue is being held, saying only that it is safely stored.

The Uppies and Downies statues, which commemorate the town’s traditional Easter mass football game, were the last works created by Maryport sculptor Colin Telfer before failing eyesight forced him to give up the trade. The pieces have been vandalised ever since they were unveiled in 2010 and the Downies statue, which suffered graffiti damage too, was also removed from its harbour site.

When the head of one figure on the coal-black Uppies statue was broken off, police appealed for its return, believing it had been stolen, only to realise it had been handed in at the police station days earlier by a walker who found it in the park.

Weeks later, when the statue was attacked again, with one figure snapped off, both of the statues were moved.

Mrs Cannon will update members of Allerdale’s full council next Wednesday when she gives a report on the progress of the repairs. She also wants to discuss with council members about finding a new suitable location for the statues once repaired.

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Workington- undoubtedly the worst town in Britain.

Posted by Joe on 14 January 2013 at 21:24

some people have no respect for anything!!!

Posted by albert on 14 January 2013 at 12:51

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