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Eros statue returns to coast home
Eros - picture courtesy of the Blackpool Gazette
The harsh weather damaged the aluminium statue
A Lancashire landmark is returning to its seaside home after suffering the effects of its coastal spot.

The aluminium statue of Eros in Fleetwood, an exact replica of the London original, was removed last year with a broken ankle.

Experts said that the sea air and salty water had caused irreparable damage.

Now a new version, cast in bronze, will be erected. It is a gift to the town from the Lofthouse family, which makes the famous Fisherman's Friend sweets.

The original statue stood on the outskirts of the town at the Broadwater roundabout for five years, before the harsh weather took its toll.

It was bought by Doreen Lofthouse, who loaned it to the town.

Eros 'missed'

The new version, to be erected on Wednesday, has been donated by Mrs Lofthouse, who says she is "delighted" that Eros will be back.

It will face in a different direction to avoid coastal damage.

Councillor Russell Forsyth, Wyre Council leader, said: "Once again the generosity of the Lofthouse family has resulted in a splendid new addition to the Wyre scene.

"People have missed Eros because the statue has become so much a part of Fleetwood and the Wyre area."

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