Unveiling of tribute to Gladys Nuttall in Cleethorpes delayed by two weeks
MEET Dudley the Donkey – the latest addition to Cleethorpes seafront and a lasting tribute to the lady who brought donkey rides to the resort.
Up until now, the Gladys Nuttall memorial statue has been kept a closely-guarded secret by Cleethorpes In Bloom and sculptor Donnas Peterson, of Scartho, who have shielded him behind corrugated fencing in anticipation of the big unveiling.
Dudley was supposed to be revealed on Monday, but due to structural problems, this has been delayed by two weeks.
However, today, we can show what the life-size statue looks like, proudly in place on the seafront – albeit quite literally under wraps – after it featured as part of the Cleethorpes In Bloom tour.
And photographs of it have been posted on Facebook and other internet sites.
On her own website, Donnas, who has fond memories of riding donkeys along the beach, writes about her excitement at being part of the tribute.
She said: "It has been a wonderful experience and an absolute pleasure to create.
"My sincere hope is my donkey statue will be respected and appreciated by both locals and visitors to the resort, bringing happy memories and joy to many hearts.
Mrs Nuttall, who was also Mayor of North East Lincolnshire in 1988, died last year aged 85 years.
Donna added: "The Nuttall family have given hundreds of children hours of pleasure, their faces beaming with delight as they hang on to the reigns. It saddened me to think that the Nuttalls who were so renowned for their donkey rides and yet no permanent acknowledgement to them has been made in the resort.
"It is a fitting tribute to the memory of dear Gladys and the donkeys."