A piece of steel artwork at North Bay, Scarborough that had been vandalised recently has now, after being cleaned, returned to its former glory. The piece, called ‘Freddie Gilroy and the Belsen Stragglers‘, is based on a former miner who was one of the first soldiers to enter the Belsen concentration camp on its liberation in the final days of World War II.
In late January this year yellow paint was thrown over the statue and police believe that it may have been an act of anti-Semitism as the vandalism coincided with Holocaust Memorial Day.
The statue had been loaned to the town last year by artist Ray Lonsdale before a local pensioner, Maureen Robinson, used her life savings to ensure the piece could remain permanently in Scarborough. A £500 reward was subsequently offered by an unnamed businessman to help police catch the vandals.
If anyone knows who the dickheads were who did this then get in touch with Scarborough Police…. northyorkshirepolice