The sculptor who created the famous Eric Morecambe statue is to give advice on how to repair the vandalised artwork.
The bronze statue on Morecambe seafront was attacked last weekend and Eric had to be removed while Lancaster Council discusses how best to repair him.
Sculptor Graham Ibbeson will visit Morecambe on Wednesday to see the damage for himself and discuss a plan of action for the repair works.
Graham has asked for Eric’s foot, which has remained in place on the seafront, to be cordoned off to prevent further damage.
This will be followed by the removal of the steel sub-frame – which supports the statue – from the concrete stage on which Eric normally stands.
Coun Ron Sands, cabinet member member for tourism at the council, said: “We’re extremely grateful to Graham for helping us to act so speedily and get everything in place for Eric’s safe return.
“His expert advice is invaluable and vital to ensuring this extraordinary piece of public art receives the love and attention it deserves.
“What many people may not realise is that underneath the bronze is a steel subframe which provides the statue’s strength.
“This extends into the concrete base on which Eric stands and will need to be dug out and taken with Eric down to a foundry for repair work. Unfortunately this will mean the area will be out of bounds for a time. The statue originally took six years to be produced and I hope people will realise that repairing it is not going to be quite as easy as welding back together two pieces of metal.
“Every step is being monitored by Graham and it’s his expertise and advice that will guide every step of the process.
“All being well, our intention is still to get Eric back in place before the end of the year.”
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