Statute dedicated to director Ridley Scott could be created in Hartlepool

A shot from Ridley Scott's 1965 Boy & Bicycle film in Lynn Street, West Hartlepool
A shot from Ridley Scott's 1965 Boy & Bicycle film in Lynn Street, West Hartlepool

A statue dedicated to film director Ridley Scott’s first film shot in Hartlepool could be erected in town as part of an £800,000 regeneration project.

The tribute to the 1965 film Boy & Bicycle is proposed to be sited in the Church Street area.

Project leaders hope to secure £800,000 of funding which will also feed into Hartlepool council’s Seaton Carew Masterplan project to revamp The Front area.

A report of Denise Ogden, the council’s director of regeneration and neighbourhoods, states: “A capital funding bid worth £800,000 is to be made to Round 4 of the Coastal Community Fund and by the deadline of 30th June 2016 via the Big Lottery Fund.

“The project will be called Hartlepool Coastal Regeneration Project, and will bid for funds to contribute towards the delivery of the regeneration masterplan for the Front at Seaton Carew.”

Improvements in the masterplan include a comprehensive redevelopment scheme for The Front, creation of new family focussed visitor facilities and a new Community Hub.

The proposals for the Ridley Scott statue form part of a public art strategy linking the ongoing Innovation and Skills Quarter in Church and Seaton Carew.

The council report added: “Proposals include the installation of the Boy & the Bicycle statue dedicated to Ridley Scott within the Church Street area, and up to three plinths along the coast that once built will hold mobile exhibitions and also to be used for performance art purposes.

“The intention is to link the waterfront areas of Hartlepool via public art and complement other funding that has already been awarded to these regeneration areas.”

Ridley Scott, a former art student in Hartlepool, made Boy & Bicycle in 1965 starring his younger brother Tony Scott, who would also go on to direct Hollywood blockbusters.

It was filmed entirely in West Hartlepool and Seaton Carew and features the local steel blast furnace cooling towers and shops and Empire Theatre in Lynn Street.

Ridley, who went on to make cinema classics such as Alien and Bladerunner, used the central theme of a boy on a bicycle again in 1970 in the memorable Hovis bread advert.

The council’s Regeneration Services Committee will discuss the project when it meets on Friday.