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Saturday, 30 August 2014

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New sites for Workington's Uppies and Downies statues

Workington's Uppies and Downies statues are to be moved to new locations after repeated vandalism.

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OLD SITE: The Downies statue at the harbourside

Allerdale council was forced to remove the Downies statue at the town’s marina after vandals scratched it and attempted to remove parts.

The statue has been taken to a depot in Maryport for repair.

The statues were created by Maryport sculptor Colin Telfer and erected in 2010 to celebrate the traditional Uppies and Downies mass football game, which takes place every Easter.

The statues were erected at the town’s hailing points – Workington harbour and Workington Hall.

The Uppies statue had already been removed after vandals removed the head of one of its figures and snapped another off its plinth two years ago.

Allerdale council said yesterday that it was looking for a new town location for both of the statues but had not yet decided on a final location.

Joe Clark, a veteran Uppies and Downies player, said he hoped the statues could be returned to display soon.

He suggested that plaques at the hailing points could be erected instead.

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