Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Anchors Away!

Saltburn in Bloom plans to place a ships anchor on land at the top of Saltburn Bank. Speaking at a meeting of the areas environmental committee, PC Stuart Smith, the groups new vice chairman, said, "We plan to improve the towns floral display." PC Smith said that Marske had recently been donated an anchor to display on the high street and Saltburn had asked PD Ports for one too. He asked for help from the committee towards the £3,000 cost. The committee is considering the request.

Marske anchorThe two and a half ton anchor, in the middle of Marske High Street roundabout, was given by PD Ports at Teesport, after a request from Marske Residents Association. The Council's highways partner, Alfred McAlpine, secured the anchor in place at the weekend and it has now become a landmark for the seaside town. Exact details about the anchor's history have been difficult to trace, because it does not have a number or stamp, which could be tracked through Lloyd's Register. But the anchor, retrieved by the Ports' buoy tender vessel, Wilton, during its regular Teesbay patrol, could be at least 60 years old.

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