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'Iconic' castle to be refurbished
Ross Castle
The castle was built in the 1800s but served no purpose
An "iconic" castle in Cleethorpes which has fallen into a state of disrepair is set to be restored.

Ross Castle, known as "sham ruin", was closed several years ago for refurbishment but work came to a halt.

Contractors will now move back on site to make the castle, built in the 1880s, structurally safe.

Council chiefs, who described the castle as iconic, said it was popular with tourists and it was hoped it would reopen before Christmas.

'No practical purpose'

The castle was built between 1883 and 1885 by the Manchester, Sheffield and Lincolnshire Railway Company, but served no practical purpose and was intended to develop the area as a holiday destination.

It was named after the secretary of the railway company Edward Ross.

Rob Chalmers, resort manager for Cleethorpes, said the restoration project had taken so long because of problems with finding the correct stone for the work.

North East Lincolnshire councillor Steve Hocknell said: "The Ross Castle is a real icon of our coastline and it is great news that work has now begun to restore and reopen it to visitors."

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