It’s Official Cleethorpes’ newest resident. The long awaited unveiling of Dudley the
Donkey statue took place at the Pier Gardens Cleethorpes Friday at 12.30 on 17th
August. 2012 A fitting tribute to the memory of dear Gladys and the Donkeys.
Hand made by Sculptress Donnas Peterson in Grimsby Lincolnshire.
No seaside resort is complete without a Traditional Donkey.
And apparently broadcast on the local Lincolnshire Radio. But :( I missed it.
Buster Nuttall and Dudley
A Special Thank you 'Twas one of the best days of my professional career. To create
an opportunity and see it become a reality has been a privilege for me. It presented
me with the challenge of using my skills as a sculptor and portrait artist, to fulfil
a desire to create a 'life-size' sculpture of a donkey, in order to acknowledge the
contribution the donkeys and the Nuttall family have made over the years to Cleethorpes
as a resort. 'Dudley the Donkey' is the culmination of many weeks of preparatory
study, and months of making and I believe and hope you will all agree, that I have
captured the quiet, calm gentility that epitomizes the character of a donkey and
that 'Dudley' is a testament to those qualities.
I have developed a fondness for him, it will certainly be difficult for a while,
for me to resist the temptation to pop down there, stroke him and check whether he's
happy in his new home.
I'm confident that it won't be too long before he has a multitude of new friends
and admirers both young and old. All I ask is just look after him please.
I'd like to thank everyone for giving up their time to attend the unveiling on Friday
and sincerely apologise to those who did not get to know about it - I’m sure there
would have been many more who would have loved to share this special day.
There are a few people who I owe grateful thanks to and they are of course:-
My family and friends who are always supportive when I get these crazy ideas.
My partner Jim and brother Malcolm for welding the skeleton framework.
Thank you Dave and Jane for the encouragement and endless hours of photography throughout
the whole process.
My sister Anna and Ian for bringing our dear Dad who is 90 years old, and has recently
suffered a stroke but thankfully is still here to share this special day.
Thank you to my friends Sylvia and Pete, and of course my sons Oliver and Spencer
I'd also like to thank Sally George - for allowing me to keep pestering her at the
stables to take photographs of the donkeys Brian Nixon - who kindly gave up his time
to supply the Cad drawings and advise with the structural safety of the statue throughout. Glen
Gaiger and Nathon Blow of Fowler and Holdens Foundry - who supplied the cast iron
plaque with wording free of charge.
Alan Fletcher and Paul Paton beach safety officer - and who organised every one involved
in the council to get Dudley here.
Chris at Sign express for the information board.
Chris Wood of BCJ developments - and all his lads who transported Dudley to his new
home here in Cleethorpes and who also worked hard on the foundations and groundwork
for the siting of Dudley
Special thanks to ANGLIA ENGINEERING - who came to the rescue at such short notice
to lend us a portable welder to use on site.
Thank you to Councillor Mick Burnett - and the council for allowing Dudley to take
up residence in the most prominent spot in Cleethorpes.
And of course to the Mayor and Mayoress who took time out of theirduties to come
and share this day too.
Lastly a Thank you to the real Dudley the donkey for posing and being well behaved
throughout the day.
Please do not copy the images without permission
Dream to Reality. 'Dudley' - the newest resident to Cleethorpes.