Hartlepool statues were stolen to order

This is how many people like to remember the Burn Valley Park. The Peter Pan pond with its statue and tended fully stocked flower beds.
This is how many people like to remember the Burn Valley Park. The Peter Pan pond with its statue and tended fully stocked flower beds.
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THE recent letter from Margaret Hoyle brought back memories for me of the Peter Pan statue, in the Burn Valley.

Her comment regarding the missing statue of the soldier in Ward Jackson Park was incorrect.

It was not the First World War memorial.

It was in memory of soldiers who fell in the South African (Boer) War of 1898 to 1902.

The statue was probably “stolen to order”, apart from one boot which was left on the plinth.

Another object which was stolen was the bell which was rung at the park’s closing time by the park keeper to tell visitors to leave or be locked in!

The stone and iron support for the bell can still be seen near the cafe with the name of the benefactor who donated the money for the bell.

I hope this is of interest to older readers.

Colin Beattie,

Spalding Road,

Hartlepool.