Statue would honour Hunstanton’s founding father

Henry Le Strange, founder of Hunstanton ANL-161002-161459001
Henry Le Strange, founder of Hunstanton ANL-161002-161459001
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Holiday camp owner William Searle is helping to lead a campaign to erect a larger-than-life statue honouring Hunstanton’s founding father.

The statue would be of Henry Le Strange, the man who first had the idea of turning the coastal backwater around old Hunstanton into a thriving Victorian seaside resort.

Mr Searle is joining forces with Brian Holmes, local historian and lead member of the town’s Heritage Centre, who has been instrumental in promoting the idea for several years.

The intended site is at the top of The Green, outside the Golden Lion Hotel facing out to sea.

Chris Bamfield, West Norfolk Council’s director of leisure services, has given practical support in obtaining quotes and generous time and help.

The cost is about £40,000 and at least £12,000 needs to be raised locally.

If this is done, it is hoped that £8,000 could be donated by the borough council, with Alistair Beales, portfolio holder for regeneration, a supporter of the project.

Donations and pledges are now being sought. The Chamber of Trade is supporting the scheme and it is hoped that the Civic Society, town council, local businesses and private individuals will commit.

It is understood £4,000 has already been pledged within the first week.

If you would like to support the building of a statue to Henry Le Strange, contact William Searle by email at searlesseatours@aol.com to make your pledge or by phone on 07831-321799.