Dudley the Donkey well on the mend after vandalism

Dudley the Donkey well on the mend after vandalism

Cleethorpes infamous Dudley the Donkey is thankfully well on the mend after vandals mindlessly attacked the poor statue.

Dudley is a well-known figure in Cleethorpes, with many locals and tourists stopping by in the summer months to have their picture taken with the donkey.

The statue, located in Cleethorpes Pier Gardens, was created by local artist Donna Peterson as a surprise for Gladys Nutaall and her husband, Buster.

Gladys and Buster first brought donkey rides to Cleethorpes beach in the 1940s starting with four pitches along the seafront.

The traditional seaside attraction has brought pleasure to many holidaymakers over the years and will continue to do so for years to come.

Created to be a surprise for Gladys, the statue celebrates the joy and happy memories she and her husband introduced to Cleethorpes.

Sadly, Gladys died before the statue could be unveiled but her memory lives on in all the summer fun and laughter still to be had.

Now, after vandals mindlessly attacked the statue, writing graffiti onto its side and knocking off one of its ears, Dudley is starting to look like himself again.

Artist Donna shared the good news to Facebook along with photos of Dudley’s recovery, writing: “Thank you for all the messages, Dudley the donkey would appreciate some quiet time to recover from his injuries. Please be patient – with some TLC he will be good as new in no time.”

Donna has asked that people not rough handle Dudley as his ear still needs time to set back in place.

His bridle is yet to be painted back on but once he has had a final tidy up Dudley will be back and better than ever!

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