Fresh calls to help land fisherman

FILEY councillors have renewed an appeal to reel in a huge statue for the town.

Filey Town Council has backed calls to adopt a 12ft steel sculpture of a fisherman in Coble Landing.

However, the statue is valued at £50,000 and campaigners have launched an effort to raise the cash and land the fisherman on a more permanent basis after its brief stay over Christmas.

Cllr John Haxby said the statue - brought to the town by cllr Mike Cockerill and Rowena Marsden from Scarborough Council - was a real coup.

He added: “The statue is very befitting where it is and fits in nicely down there.

“We have got it over Christmas which is quite a busy time in Filey and I would like to thank Mike Cockerill for all of his efforts.”

Anyone who wants to contribute to the fund should leave their name and contact details at Filey Town Council’s offices, in Queen Street.

However, they do not want donations of money.

The statue was created by artist Ray Lonsdale and is titled, A High Tide in Short Wellies.