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Bertie loses his head

Damaged...Bigger Bertie after collapsing. Picture submitted by Neil Fox

Damaged...Bigger Bertie after collapsing. Picture submitted by Neil Fox

A new attraction at Pocklington’s Burnby Hall Gardens this year has had to be taken away for repair after a “structural issue” caused it to collapse.

The world’s largest hand-carved working wooden rocking horse, Bigger Bertie, has been taken to the Rocking Horse Shop in Fangfoss, where it was hand-crafted by Tony Dew, after its head was damaged by the fall.

Peter Rogers, assistant estate manager at Burnby Hall Gardens, said: “It would appear that there was a structural issue with Bigger Bertie which has caused him to collapse. We are uncertain as to the cause of the defect but have removed him for repair and for further checks. Our patramount concern throughout has been customer safety. The sculpture collapsed into a roped off flower bed area, with his head falling on to the grass next to it. No-one was near the horse at the time.”

Bertie stands at more than 14ft high, 5ft 10in wide and more than 28 feet long.

It arrived at Burnby Hall Gardens in April this year after months of planning.

 

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