King Alfred sculpture is getting spruced up

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AN ICONIC statue in Winchester is getting a spring clean.

The King Alfred the Great sculpture on Broadway is cleaned and receives a new protective coat of wax every seven to 10 years to prevent the metal from deteriorating.

The work is being carried out by Laurence Flood of Bronze Restorations Ltd. The £4,425 project is funded by Winchester City Council and will take a few days.

The statue was created by sculptor Hamo Thornycroft in 1900 to mark the 1,000th anniversary of Alfred’s death.