The Council’s Allotments and Landscapes committee approved the contract of £9,760 for the restoration of the three bronze statues on the Column of the Cenotaph in the Town Hall Square earlier this year. Aura Conservation, the company that was awarded the contract carried out the specialist works in conjunction with Mark and Tracey Livingstone of Farmers Bronze Restoration.
During the first phase of cleaning, a special BMA solution was used in the process and applied to the statues. No machinery was used and all work carried out was hand painted. Three professional coats were applied of ‘Mahogany bee’s wax’ which is a specialised coating to seal the statues and to give it a good all round general protection.
According to the company specialists, the statues were last restored in the early 1990’s. The lifespan of the completed works can last a lifetime, subject to the Council ensuring it is washed at least annually with one coat of waxing applied. The company also recommended that the condition of the statues are reviewed professionally, as the location of the statues (in Town Centre) with toxic car fumes around etc can contribute towards the maintenance of it.
Comment: Chair of Allotments and Landscapes committee, Cllr John Kirby ‘I am pleased that the committee was able to do something for the people of Keighley and with the Cenotaph being the centre of the Town, it was important that the heritage of the statues was maintained. The work carried out will give the statues approximately 100 years life span guarantee subject to the yearly maintenance that has been advised by the Company’.
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