Plan to resurrect Grim and Havelock statue as mystery of its whereabouts is solved
The mystery of the whereabouts of the historic Grim and Havelock statue has been solved by Grimsby's very own Sherlock Holmes – as it is revealed there are plans to put the landmark icon once again on display.
Mr Brown with the missing statue of Grim and Havelock in a storage container in Haverstoe Park, Cleethorpes.
Picture: JON CORKEN
Super sleuth Ernie Brown, the chairman of the Heritage Committee of the Grimsby, Cleethorpes and District Civic Society, was put on the trail of locating the statue by a curious Grimsby Institute student.
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The Havelock and Grim statue when it was sited at Nuns Corner.
Since 1973, the depiction of the legend of Grim, the town's founding father, and his foster son, had stood proudly on Nuns' Corner, but was removed on health and safety grounds in 2006 after Havelock was decapitated by vandals.
Last year we reported how the icon, designed in the nude style of Michelangelo, was being held in storage – but its location remained a mystery... until now.
Mr Brown donned his deerstalker and, after quizzing North East Lincolnshire Council's conservation officer, he tracked it down to a storage container in Haverstoe Park, Cleethorpes.
Now, the Institute, which commissioned the statue, plans to resurrect it as part of its publicised £40-million campus redevelopment, due to be completed by September 2011.
But one mystery still remains.
Minus Havelock's head, the sculpture – by Douglas Wain-Hobson, who was commissioned by the Grimsby Art School (then Grimsby College) to create it – is in urgent need of repair.
The Institute has told the Grimsby Telegraph that the statue had been given to the council to be repaired.
However, NELC confirmed that, although it currently has custody of the statue, it does not own it and would therefore not be repairing it.
A spokesperson for the Institute said: "The statue of Grim and Havelock was taken down by the Institute after it was vandalised.
"It was given to the council for safekeeping and repairs and will have a place back at the new Institute campus when it is rebuilt."
But a spokesperson for NELC said: "The council maintains the flower beds near the Institute where the statue was located, and the Institute asked us to put it into storage.
"The council doesn't own the statue and its future is not in our control."
While the issue of who will be repairing it remains unsolved, Mr Brown believes a new one should be built to replace it.
He said: "I don't think the existing statue is worth repairing, but if the people want it, why not make another with some clothes on that won't be so much of a target?
"The only statues in the town are the Fishermen's Memorial and Prince Albert, outside ABP's offices – and he's got his back to Grimsby.
"I think if there is a statue it should be of Grim. The Civic Society would be more than willing to work with the Institute, the council, and the Grim and Havelok Association to make it happen."