The mysterious wooden sculpture on Bexhill beach Salty Sam will be restored to his former glory after being vandalised earlier this week.
Lee Dunn, from Pit-Stop Youth Workshop, decided he and the children at the workshop would repair him after being given a public mandate on social media to do so.
Salty Sam’s feet, one arm and the wooden board which his poem is written on were taken and the tree trunk he sat on had been set fire to.
Luckily Bexhill resident Rebecca James found some of the missing pieces further down the beach and put them back on his lap.
Lee received more than 370 replies on his post on the Bexhill-on-Sea Facebook page with most encouraging him to fix Salty Sam.
“He was left in pieces and when I saw that on Facebook, as I run a workshop for youngsters in Bexhill, I thought we could repair him and do something for the community and then find a safer home for him,” he said.
“We were surprised by how heavy he was as every single piece of wood is nailed down - he’s really well made.”
Lee believes the town has been inspired by Salty Sam and hopes the sculptor will come forward.
“People have seen him, taken him into their hearts and captured the town’s imagination,” he said.
“There’s been a lot of feedback for him to be relocated at the Colonnade so more people see him and enjoy him.
“We obviously don’t yet know the artist or creator so it would it nice for them to come forward to find out where they think he should be.”
Lee thinks the restoration will be a great project for the youngsters.
“It’s going to be good for them as we have about 10 young people who got learning difficulties so he’s going to be opening their eyes and lets just see how it goes,” he said.
“First of all we need to get him fixed then get him back up and running - it will be interesting to see what will happen in the future.”
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