Friday, September 6

Summer?


Yesterday, Thursday the weather was quite glorious so we made the most of it and went for a tootle on the California. We tooled over to Thirsk, returning home via Sutton Bank, Helmesley, Scarborough and Whitby.
We stopped off in Scarborough and as the promenade was quiet Jon snapped me with this new sculpture.

'Freddie Gilroy and the Belsen Stragglers' is a giant steel structure made by Ray Lonsdale, an artist, fabricator and sculptor and is now on permanent display, thanks to the generosity of a local Scarborough resident.

The sculpture is based on a retired miner Ray became friends with who turned out to also be one of the first soldiers to relieve the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp at the end of World War II.

This piece of art is not just about Freddie Gilroy but represents all the normal people that were pulled out of an ordinary life and forced into a very extraordinary and dangerous one during the World Wars.

Ray Lonsdale, sculptor from County Durham said:

"Scarborough is a unique town and I am pleased that my 'Freddie Gilroy and the Belsen Stragglers' will be on show there for residents and visitors alike to look at and enjoy. This piece is almost a war memorial as it depicts the lives of all those who suffered during the World Wars".

"I hope that people get enjoyment from my sculptures but also reflect on the sensitivity and emotion which I have tried to convey through my work."

The sculpture is located near to the Oasis Cafe on Scarborough's North Bay.

Ray also has 'High Tide in Short Wellies' sculpture on the beach front near the Coble Landing in Filey and an exhibition in the Arts Bank at Saltburn-by the-Sea .
 
As we headed over to Whitby from Scarborough there was a definite change in the weather and rather than turn right for Whitby we turned right for home. It was a race against the approaching rain but we arrived home just before the rain arrived.
I think Summer is on the way out but what a wonderful few months we have had.








The hens enjoying a dust bath yesterday.

16 comments:

  1. I love your first photo - what fun! I agree, summer is on its way out but yesterday was glorious. I like the cooler, mellower days of autumn,though.

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    1. We have passed this sculpture before and lots of people are always having their photos taken - I wanted part of the action.

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  2. who is the big fella on the bench? Been raining solidly here all day.

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    1. 'Freddie Gilroy and the Belsen Stragglers' is a giant steel structure made by Ray Lonsdale, an artist, fabricator and sculptor and is now on permanent display, thanks to the generosity of a local Scarborough resident.

      The sculpture is based on a retired miner Ray became friends with who turned out to also be one of the first soldiers to relieve the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp at the end of World War II.

      This piece of art is not just about Freddie Gilroy but represents all the normal people that were pulled out of an ordinary life and forced into a very extraordinary and dangerous one during the World Wars.

      Ray Lonsdale, sculptor from County Durham said:

      "Scarborough is a unique town and I am pleased that my 'Freddie Gilroy and the Belsen Stragglers' will be on show there for residents and visitors alike to look at and enjoy. This piece is almost a war memorial as it depicts the lives of all those who suffered during the World Wars".

      "I hope that people get enjoyment from my sculptures but also reflect on the sensitivity and emotion which I have tried to convey through my work."

      The sculpture is located near to the Oasis Cafe on Scarborough's North Bay.

      Ray also has 'High Tide in Short Wellies' sculpture on the beach front near the Coble Landing in Filey and an exhibition in the Arts Bank at Saltburn-by the-Sea .

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    1. Looks that way doesn't it Jane. lol!

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  4. I love this time of year far more than any other season.
    I did like your first picture. I was wondering who that woody fella is?

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    1. I normally enjoy Autumn Kath........but not when it's raining like today! Mind you we have had a good summer.
      Have edited the post to include some information on the big fella.

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  5. I think you may have overdone the weight loss now... STOP!!

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    1. Hilarious Jessica it looks that way - a Borrower even?

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  6. I like your new friend. He's so handsome. Hope the hubby isn't the jealous type.

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  7. A fabulous sculpture, a fitting memorial.
    I'm glad you got home before the rain.
    And the hens...how cute...although I can't imagine ever wanting a dust bath, unless I had feathers and fleas. LOL
    K

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  8. I am still disappointed we couldn't stay longer in Yorkshire last summer but loved it so much that it's on my list to return some day. Then hopefully I'll get to Scarborough and have a photo of myself sitting beside the statue. Sending hugs!

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  9. How on earth did you get up on that sculpture? Looks great though.

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Thank you for your comments, always nice to know somebody has taken the time to let me know what they think.

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