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Statue in sorry state
I WAS interested to read EJ Lawn’s letter of August 13 about moving the statue of Queen Victoria from West Bank Park to Coppergate.
About five years ago, when I was chair of Holgate Windmill Preservation Society, I contacted the then Coun Andrew Waller with a suggestion that I could use my new-found knowledge of gaining funding for historic projects to look into raising money for the cleaning and restoration of this statue.
I did suggest that a home for it could be the new council offices. When this building was part of the old York station, Queen Victoria had lunch there once, when she broke her journey to Scotland.
My idea was not taken up and lookingat the statue now I think it is past restoration. It was carved from marble that is not weatherproof and not suitable for standing outside.
At the moment it looks terribly dirty and further cleaning would degrade the carving even more. I suspect nothing but a complete re-carving would restore the statue to its former glory.
Bob Anderton, Windmill Rise, York.
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