Grim and Havelock Statue Returns to Grimsby After 18 Years

The iconic statue of Grim and Havelock, depicting the legendary story of a Danish fisherman rescuing a prince, has been restored and put back on public display in Grimsby. The sculpture, which had been removed for 18 years due to vandalism, is now part of an exhibition at Grimsby’s Fishing Heritage Centre.

The statue, originally located outside Grimsby College, was taken down in 2006 after Havelock was decapitated by vandals. Thanks to the efforts of retired businessman Will Hennessy, the statue has been fully restored free of charge. Tim Wain-Hobson, son of the sculptor Douglas Wain-Hobson, expressed his delight at seeing his father’s work back in Grimsby in pristine condition.

Following the exhibition at the Fishing Heritage Centre, the statue will find its new permanent home at Freeman Street Market in Grimsby. The Freemen of Grimsby will take on the custodianship of the statue for the people of Grimsby, ensuring its preservation for future generations to enjoy.

Don’t miss the chance to see this iconic piece of Grimsby’s history on display at Freeman Street Market after the exhibition concludes on June 30th. For more updates on this story, follow BBC East Yorkshire on social media platforms. Send any story ideas to