Town centre statue back at shopping mall

The statue of Willie in in's new position at the Keel Row shopping centre in Blyth.'Picture by Jane Coltman

The statue of Willie in in's new position at the Keel Row shopping centre in Blyth.'Picture by Jane Coltman

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A popular statue of a legendary Northumbrian strongman has been returned to its home in a county shopping centre following repair work.

The bronze statue, in memory of Blyth strongman and blacksmith Willie Carr, has been on display in the town’s Keel Row shopping centre for the last 22 years.

The statue was moved last year in order to repair one of Willie’s legs which was fractured, and has now been returned to the shopping centre.

Willie Carr died on September 6, 1825, aged 69, and his statue has become something of a talking point in Blyth.

Callum Reid, Keep Row Shopping Centre manager, said: “The Willie Carr statue has been reinstated in Keel Row Shopping Centre after undergoing extensive repair work.

“The essential repairs took place to make the statue safe whilst ensuring the future of the bronze sculpture.

“He has been repositioned in the centre next to the car park entrance as part of a wider revamp that is scheduled to take place over the coming months.

“Willie, as ever, is proving to be a talking point.

“Keel Row is delighted to welcome back the town’s famous strongman.”