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Statue Raised To Stop Pranksters

Monday November 4 2013




DICKIE Bird's statue has been raised - to stop people hanging rude items on his outstretched finger.

The sculpture has become a magnet for revellers who have hung all sorts of items on it, including condoms, pants and bras.

Dickie played cricket for Yorkshire before becoming an umpire, notching up 66 Test matches, at the time a world record.

Dickie said he didn't mind people having fun hanging items from the life-size bronze statue but worried about people falling off the plinth.

He said: "I don't mind it at all. They can take as many photographs as they like but they're climbing on to it and they might fall off."

Sculptor Graham Ibbeson said the plinth beneath the statue has been raised to about 5ft high (1.5m).

He said: "We're not going to stop it. What we're going to do is make it a little more difficult.

"On Friday and Saturday night everybody who wobbles home from the town after a few sherberts seems to gravitate towards that finger, with knickers, brassieres, condoms, whatever.

"It's horrible when people are abusing it like that. It is a bit of fun, but it's a bit inappropriate."

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Reply Posted by Pedro on Monday November 4 2013 at 16:08
AS IF

Reply Posted by twat on Monday November 4 2013 at 16:15
won't people just climb up and put stuff on his finger anyway? LOL Logic of the council another great job right there!

Reply Posted by toTWAT on Monday November 4 2013 at 16:19
YOUVE GOT THE NAME RIGHT

Reply Posted by LOL on Monday November 4 2013 at 16:21
E T PHONE-HOME BIRD SHITE ON MY FINGER.

Reply Posted by Tyke on Monday November 4 2013 at 16:29
Won't drunks see it as a challenge and climb up.
So when the council send employees to remove the item, after they have created a work at height hazard, they have to address how he's gonna get it off and if he falls and gets hurt there's a nice little claim going in!

Reply Posted by theyclimbedthecombe on Monday November 4 2013 at 16:56
The drunks climbed the "combe" outside the town hall, a 5ft Plinth won't stop them... haha

Reply Posted by stans relation on Monday November 4 2013 at 20:03
Swifty you couldn't have been more correct.

Stan is my father's uncal, an yes he was fantastic glad and proud to be his family.

He is sadly missed xxx R.I.P great uncal stan xxxxx

Reply Posted by Swifty on Monday November 4 2013 at 20:20
I would also like to mention Sue, Stan's wife she was a lady in her own right supported Stan in all they did.

I always remember she was so elegant lady. And herself raided thousands for charities.

A husband and wife that never forgot there roots and appreciated anybody and everybody irrespective of there up bring great memories.



Reply Posted by Swifty on Monday November 4 2013 at 20:21
Raised not raided spell checker USA.

Reply Posted by Sid on Monday November 4 2013 at 20:42
Swifty..have you had too many sherberts,your on form tonight!!!

Reply Posted by LOL on Monday November 4 2013 at 21:34
LISTEN UP EVERYONE I AM GOING ON A ENGLESH CORSE AT OLD TECK

Reply Posted by DE DA on Wednesday November 6 2013 at 08:24
DA DUSS RYHT SLACK AS A BAG OF KNACKERS.

Reply Posted by sid on Monday November 4 2013 at 21:36
God help us.

Reply Posted by kilkenny on Monday November 4 2013 at 21:43
The real Kilkenny here Sid. God help us indeed. Imagine if he (I suspect it is a he) gets hold of a dictionary or a thesaurus. I suspect he will look up 'rude' words in the former. God give us strength Sid.

Reply Posted by sid on Monday November 4 2013 at 21:53
Yes Kilkenny,my god,an educated LOL!! I'm not sure its even possible. He,s good at French and Chinese mind you.

Reply Posted by Sid on Monday November 4 2013 at 22:04
Kilkenny@ You really hate Barnsley people,Why you bother posting on WAB,stay down London Town,with all the "MUPPETS"

Reply Posted by sid on Monday November 4 2013 at 22:10
Mmmm, sweetums and Bunsen?

Reply Posted by sid on Monday November 4 2013 at 22:04
No need for that though, there's plenty where you live too,that's a silly comment.

Reply Posted by Kilkenny on Monday November 4 2013 at 22:07
More in shity Barnsley Sid@

Reply Posted by sid on Monday November 4 2013 at 22:11
OK LOL

Reply Posted by boo on Monday November 4 2013 at 22:21
Who wa it richard

Reply Posted by kilkenny on Monday November 4 2013 at 22:25
@The real Sid - I give up. I know you didn't post the comment above. My last post was at 21.43pm. It is flattering we have imposters. A few scumbag WABers hate me and post in my name. I think it is because I live in London.

You can tell the fakers Sid. Now I won't be posting on here again but I will still read your comments. On a final note I went to an exhibition at the Museum of Childhood in Bethnal Green last year (yes in London I am afraid). There was an 11 plus exam paper on display. I looked at some of the questions and the maths bit was very hard. I have a scientific background and I had to stop and think. No calculators then, just data books! I just thought I would mention it cos you are a grammar school lad. I am much younger than you Sid. The 11plus system was abolished years before. ha ha! Note this is the real kilkenny. Any spelling and grammar mistakes will be down to typing on my phone!

Reply Posted by Sid on Monday November 4 2013 at 22:30
@The real Kilkenny-Great news.No more reading shite London talk, "BYE"BYE"

Reply Posted by sid on Monday November 4 2013 at 22:35
Grow up LOL you idiot. Posting in my name, you are BORING

Reply Posted by sid on Monday November 4 2013 at 22:33
Yes Kilkenny, I too decided to call it a day with the site. LOL has spoilt it,maybe I've just made his day posting that but its true. Haha, I think you might have given me a little bit of flattery on your post. Just think on, Barnsley folk same as Londoners, a mixed set.

Reply Posted by LOL on Monday November 4 2013 at 22:46
NICE NOING YOU SID KILKENNY,SARE THE LOV.

Reply Posted by sid on Monday November 4 2013 at 22:50
Well @LOL, after the above post, your English course can't come fast enough,and by god,it certainly won't be long enough. You idiot

Reply Posted by LOL on Monday November 4 2013 at 22:59
NO NEDE FOR INSULTS SID@ WE CUD BE MATES!! SEE YOU IN ANOVER LIFE..

Reply Posted by sid on Monday November 4 2013 at 23:04
Haha, some of your posts have been very funny and witty LOL, but many are vile. It's a pity you have to go too far. I,all be your mate when you leave school and are old enough to go on that college course you mentioned.

Reply Posted by The Real Sid on Monday November 4 2013 at 23:15
Sid stop posting in my name.There is only one Sid,Now get to bed,you got school tomorrow,Night

Reply Posted by therealkilkenny on Monday November 4 2013 at 23:56
@therealsid - We may have disagreed and I know I live in London but it has been an exchange of views. Now I don't agree with all of your views but you have some valid ones. Also, you always see two sides to all the debates. I will sign off now Sid and I can assure you that any post by Kilkenny after this is an imposter.

Reply Posted by sid on Tuesday November 5 2013 at 00:05
@kilkenny. Thanks for that,yes I try to see all sides, and that's surely what this site is for. I too shall not be posting again. Thanks to LOL.