calendar
search
love middlesbrough logo love middlesbrough logo love middlesbrough logo love middlesbrough logo love middlesbrough logo
 

 
close

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.”

Useful links

Middlesbrough Football Club

Photos of the Trophy Room, an art installation on the former grounds of Ayresome Park



Mayor's vision for 2025 open to public consultation

Middlesbrough Mayor Dave Budd has outlined his vision for the future of the town to make it a fairer, safer and stronger place to live and work

Stellar line-up confirmed for 2016 Middlesbrough Mela

A stellar line-up has been confirmed for the 2016 Middlesbrough Mela – and organisers are hoping for a record turn-out.

Middlesbrough Jobs Fair

Check out what's happening down at the Middlesbrough Jobs Fair on the 13th July

Teesside University committed to ‘joined-up’ response to Lord Heseltine report

Teesside University is set to play a major role in a co-ordinated area response to Lord Heseltine’s Tees Valley: Opportunity Unlimited report, which was published earlier this month.