A third new recycling sculpture joins the Globe and Hammy the Haddock in the battle to keep Cleethorpes beach litter-free.
North East Lincolnshire Council worked with Grimsby-based Blackrow Engineering and several other sponsors to bring the new stainless-steel Bucket and Spade sculpture to the resort.
The giant Bucket and Spade is the third to be installed in the resort in the last 12 months and encourages people to recycle their plastic bottles.
Standing at 2.2 metres high, visitors can find the new sculpture on King’s Parade near the Kingsway Kiosk.
Hammy the Haddock was the first to appear in October 2020. The Council ran a competition to name the handmade stainless steel fish sculpture. The winning entry came from Lilly-Mai Halligan, who named it after her uncle and well-known resort character Bernard ‘Buster’ Hammond. Hammy can be found on Central Promenade, near the lifeboat station.
The Globe was installed on the North Promenade in May 2021 and highlight’s the important role the resort plays in international bird migration.
In addition to Blackrow Engineering who designed and built the sculpture, sponsors supporting the new Bucket and Spade include ENGIE, CR Reynolds, Grimsby Carpet Warehouse (GCW), Dalkia Waste Energy, XceCo, GLID, Philips 66, PPS Midlands, Hilton Seafoods, G-TECH Electrical Contractors, Lincs Industrial Painters and EBB & FLO, who led a crowdfunding campaign.
Gary Pexman, Director at Blackrow Engineering explained how it was made. “The sculpture was designed and drawn by Glenn Ritchie, one of the owners of the business,” he said.
“The Bucket and Spade was manufactured by one of our skilled tradesman. Overall, the build took 100 hours to complete.
“Once the design was agreed, it was broken down into profiles and fabrication drawings and issued to our laser cutting department to be nested and cut on our Laser Machine.
“All the high-grade stainless steel profiles were de-burred and the manufacturing process began.
“The base and skeleton of the bucket and spade were assembled and welded together using a Tungsten Inert Gas (TIG) process.
“The sculpture was then blasted using a ceramic bead to clean the welds and give the steel a uniform finish prior to the next steps.
“Using traditional sheet metal fabrication techniques the Handle and Spade were formed using hand tools. Which were then welded to the frame.
“Once completed, the sculpture was then taken to Lincs Industrial Painters to be lacquered. This is to protect it from the harsh weather conditions on Cleethorpes seafront, which will ensure the sculpture will be around for years to come.”
Cllr Callum Procter, portfolio holder for Economic Growth, Housing and Tourism at North East Lincolnshire Council, added:
“The fantastic new Bucket and Spade completes the trio of recycling sculptures in our wonderful resort.
“Along with the Globe and Hammy the Haddock, the Bucket and Spade is a great asset to Cleethorpes and has a useful purpose in promoting recycling and giving people a new landmark where they can put their plastic bottles.
“I’d like to thank Blackrow Engineering and all the sponsors for their contributions. It’s a great effort from everyone involved.
“It’s crucial that we all play our part in keeping the resort litter free. There are more than 60 litter bins on the Prom, including many other recycling bins.
“Plastic bottles and other litter on the beach can easily be washed out to sea where it harms wildlife.
“If you’re in the resort, help keep it tidy by putting your litter in a bin or taking it home.”
Please remember, only recycle plastic bottles in Hammy the Haddock, the new Globe and the Bucket and Spade. There are plenty of street litter bins in the resort for other types of rubbish and recycling.