Much-needed restoration of the famous Captain Cook statue in Whitby has started ahead of the big summer celebrations, marking 250 years since Cook first set sail.
The Gazette has led calls over the past year calling for action, after the state and condition of the statue was highlighted by several tourists on Trip Advisor.
Following a full assessment of the statue by specialist conservation companies and subsequent tender submissions, Hirst Conservation has been appointed to carry out the works, which will include repair and maintenance of the bronze work, stone plinth and plaques.
It is due to be finished before the celebrations in July.
Funding has been kindly provided from a number of organisations including The Normanby Charitable Trust, Captain Cook Tourism Association, Scarborough Borough Council, Whitby Town Council, Tesco community project and private sector donations.