VIDEO: Putting the shine on Headland memorial

MEMORIALS, statues and plaques in the town are looking sparkly clean after two weeks of maintenance work.

Every year Hartlepool Borough Council secure the services of specialist conservator Alun Walker to clean and rewax the bronze features around the town.

Alun Walke working on the annual spruce-up of  The Headland Winged Victory Triumphant Youth statue in Redheugh Gardens

Alun Walke working on the annual spruce-up of The Headland Winged Victory Triumphant Youth statue in Redheugh Gardens

The Winged Victory Triumphant Youth statue on the Headland, plaques in Redheugh Gardens and the memorial and surrounding plaques in Victory Square are all shining after the clean-up.

Seaton Highlight, on Jackson’s Landing, and the Sir William Gray and Ralph Ward Jackson statues, in the Church Square area, are also looking spruced up after the cleaning and re-waxing work.

The clean-up is organised at the same time every year to ensure the memorials are looking at their very best for the upcoming Remembrance Sunday services.

The work also helps to protect them from wintry conditions.

A council spokesman said: “Each year at this time we use the services of specialist conservator Alun Walker to clean and rewax the bronze features of the town’s main war memorials.

“This protects the monuments from the harsh effects of the weather and reduces the build-up of verdigris, which would otherwise run off the metal and stain the surrounding stonework.

“It also ensures that the memorials look their best for the forthcoming Remembrance Sunday services.

“This year, Mr Walker has also carried out some general cleaning and repointing of some of the memorial stonework in Victory Square.

“In all, the work, which also includes cleaning and rewaxing of the Sir William Gray and Ralph Ward Jackson statues in the Church Square area, takes Mr Walker a total of about two weeks to complete.”

Mr Walker, who runs his own firm called Glendon Services, said: “It’s very important to ensure all memorials and statues get maintenance work.

“If they don’t get regular maintenance, water can get into the joints and behind the stone and as soon as the frost comes it spells trouble.

“Also, if the statues aren’t cleaned, they will end up covered in biological growth that just doesn’t look right.

“They are figureheads of the town and it’s important they look like they are cared for, which of course they are.”