Conservation works on the imposing Captain Cook statue situated on Whitby’s West Cliff have been successfully completed and the statue is now looking at its very best ahead of the eagerly awaited Captain Cook Festival in July, which will celebrate 250 years since the renowned British surveyor, cartographer and navigator, James Cook, made his maiden voyage.
Hirst Conservation has repaired and carried out maintenance on the bronze work, stone plinth and plaques, including specialist patination techniques and the application of a wax coating to protect the bronze in the harsh coastal environment. The work has been overseen by conservation architect specialist, Purcells, and Scarborough Borough Council.
The restoration was achieved through a partnership between private interests and local authorities. Contributions came from Captain Cook Tourism Association, Normanby Charitable Trust, a private donor, Tesco Community Fund, Whitby Town Council and Scarborough Borough Council.
Charles Forgan of the Captain Cook Tourism Association said:
"For Captain Cook, second best was not an option! It has been a pleasure to work with council officers on the project. We have sought the highest standards of conservation as was only fitting."
Cllr Derek Bastiman, Leader of Scarborough Borough Council said:
"It’s wonderful to see the Captain Cook statue back to its former glory following completion of the sensitive restoration project. We felt it was very important that the work should be completed in time for the festival in July and it is thanks to everyone involved that this has been achieved with great success."