It is with sadness and also disbelief that I have to report that after years of battling to get a George Formby statue in Wigan and then getting it we now have to say goodbye.
Grand Arcade new owners, a company named Flair Polo have announced that due to health and safety concerns the Bronze Statue of George Formby has had to be moved as it is too dangerous to be in a public area,
The statue is a really a victim of its own success, so many people travelled to Grand Arcade in Wigan then crowded around it to marvel at the expertly made Bronze, first unveiled in 2007. A spokesperson for Flair Polo said
We are very sorry it has come to this but our first priority is the health and safety of the Wigan people, Georges Statue is so popular that thousand make the journey from all parts of the globe just to gaze on this wonderful monument.
I will be writing to the Chief Executive of Flair Polo with my disgust and asking for this statue to be reinstated.
The picture is the removal of the statue on March 21 after the shopping centre had closed.