It followed a successful campaign to raise £25,000 over several years to secure a new statue for the Boer War memorial in Ward Jackson Park which honours 23 Hartlepool soldiers who died in the conflict in South Africa between 1899 and 1902.
Stephen shared a photo of the finished work he dubbed “the people’s statue” on Facebook.
He said in the post: “I have made arrangements with the artist/fabricator Ray Lonsdale to deliver the said ‘work of art’ to Hartlepool very soon so you can all meet him face to face and enjoy the beauty of the finished product.”
Stephen plans to host the statue at a venue in the town, on a day and venue to be arranged, where people can admire the statue, get selfies with it and it is hoped Ray Lonsdale will also be able to attend.
Stephen added: “Many thanks to the good people from all corners of the world that made this happen.”
He recently got to spend half a day under Lonsdale’s supervision at his factory unit helping to make a small part of the statue.
The original statue in Ward Jackson, also of a Boer War soldier, was stolen in 1968 after first being installed in 1906.