Petitioners fail to get strong man moved

Willie Carr statue in Keel Row.

Willie Carr statue in Keel Row.

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A petition which gained more than 700 signatures in six days has failed to have the statue of Blyth strong man hero Willie Carr moved.

Hundreds of people called for the statue to be moved from the children’s area at the back door of the Keel Row Shopping Centre in the town.

The petition was raised by the Respect Willie Carr movement following a protest gathering at the statue.

Petitioners asked Northumberland Estates, the owners of the shopping centre, to reconsider its decision not to move Willie to a more prominent place in view of the support from the public.

Gerry Evans,spokesman for Respect Willie Carr, said: “Over 700 signatures, more than half of them online, shows the strength of feeling about the treatment of Willie.

“However, we look forward to seeing the improvements to the mall done as quickly as possible and Willie back in a position of prominence.”

A spokesman for Northumberland Estates said: “We respect the strong feeling towards the Willie Carr statue situated at Keel Row shopping Centre.

“He has been positioned in the centre next to the car park entrance as part of a revamp that is scheduled to take place over the coming months and will not be moved.”