A leading campaigner for the regeneration of Southport has welcomed the restoration of an iconic piece of the town’s heritage.

The horse and cart statues on Weld Road roundabout have greeted visitors to the town for many years but had fallen into a state of disrepair.

 The statues represent the traditional shrimping industry in the town and the horse and carts which used to travel along the beach with the daily catch.

 Now Cllr David Barton has revealed that work by specialist Gerald Rimmer to restore them to their former glory is now complete. 


 Cllr Barton, who represents Dukes Ward, had originally raised the issue of the carts in 2014 and secured an initial grant of £845 from Sefton Council to fund the work.

 He said: “I am delighted with the progress which has been made to restore the carts on the Weld Road roundabout and would like to personally thank Mr Rimmer and his family for the excellent work they have done. 

 “Being situated where it is at one of the main gateways to our town I realised that something had to be done to restore them. 

 “Whether you are a first time visitor to the town or a returning tourist it is essential to maintain the highest of standards if we are to prosper together as a local community.” 

Veteran shrimper Gerald Rimmer, who shrimped for 25 years using a horse and cart, originally donated the timepiece to the town commemorating Southport’s proud shrimping heritage.

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