Cricket statue returns to Priory Meadow

The Spirit of Cricket statue was reinstated at Priory Meadow. Photo by Sid Saunders. SUS-161107-152942001
The Spirit of Cricket statue was reinstated at Priory Meadow. Photo by Sid Saunders. SUS-161107-152942001

The Spirit of Cricket statue has been returned to Priory Meadow, eight months after it was damaged by contractors.

The statue was first revealed in Queens Square when the shopping centre opened in 1997 and was put in place to mark the former Central Cricket Ground that the centre was built on.

The Spirit of Cricket statue was reinstated at Priory Meadow. Photo by Sid Saunders. SUS-161107-153232001

The Spirit of Cricket statue was reinstated at Priory Meadow. Photo by Sid Saunders. SUS-161107-153232001

In November of last year, the statue was accidentally damaged during the installation of the centre’s ice rink for Christmas and was taken away for some repairs as well as a general refurbishment to get it looking as good as new.

Centre manager Stacey Bell said: “We realise how important this landmark is to the people of Hastings, and our customers have communicated their eagerness to see it return, so we’ve taken time to ensure the best and most sensitive repairs are made to such an iconic piece.

“We are delighted to reinstate the statue so it can stand proud once again and continue to represent the former cricket ground.”

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