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Published 1st Nov 2011

Holgate Wall of Ayresome Park

Work to preserve a piece of Middlesbrough’s footballing heritage is set to start today.

Restoration work on the Holgate Wall in Linthorpe will begin on Tuesday, November 1.

The wall in Linthorpe is the last remaining remnant of Ayresome Park – Middlesbrough FC’s home for almost 100 years.

The future of the wall has been in doubt ever since Ayresome Park was demolished and replaced by a housing estate.

Residents, local ward councillors and Boro fans have campaigned for the wall to be preserved.

Its future was secured thanks to a £11,800 grant from Middlesbrough Council’s Capital Programme Small Scheme Allocation and a donation of £12,500 from builders Barratt Homes.

The work, which will last four weeks, will see the wall repaired and stabilised.

Linthorpe Councillor Julia Rostron, along with her fellow ward councillors, secured the funding last year and has been at the forefront of the campaign to preserve it.

She said: “Restoration of the wall will serve two important purposes.

“It will preserve a historic piece of Middlesbrough’s football past with many residents having wonderful memories of old times at Ayresome Park.

“It will also help the estate remain quiet with residents seeing the wall as a barrier preventing a rat-run.

“It’s therefore great to see work start after what has been a long process to get to this stage.”

Once completed a plaque will be mounted at the site acknowledging the wall's significance.

Mike Roberts, Managing Director at Barratt North East, said: “We're delighted to see the start of work on the wall.

“It's good news for local residents and the restoration will retain a piece of Middlesbrough's sporting history for future generations.”

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