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Press Release - The Renovation and Relocation of The Drums to the Fore and Aft Bronze Statue (The Drummer Boy)

21 February 2018

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Woodbridge Town Council is delighted to report the Drums to the Fore and Aft Bronze Statue (known affectionately as the Drummer Boy) has been renovated and moved to a new home on Market Hill.  

The statue which was outside the old District Council Offices on Melton Hill for many years has been transferred into the custody of Woodbridge Town Council.

This Town Council as part of the planning process consulted with the people of Woodbridge on several sites in town, and the preferred location was outside the Shire Hall overlooking the lower part of Market Hill.  Not only has the statue been moved, it has also been extensively renovated.  As part of the restoration process it was cleaned using a steam based system called DOFF to remove the atmospheric pollutants, and removed any loose surface contaminants. This process does not remove the green Verdigris, therefore the bronze statue was cleaned by hand over the entire surface using hand bristle and soft bronze brushes.   

Following the cleaning stage the bronze was ‘hot waxed’ using around 3 - 4 layers to build up the surface and blend in the disfiguring green/black streaky appearance, some of the wax was tinted to help achieve the finish and was followed by layers of clear microcrystalline wax. When the wax has fully dried the surface was carefully buffed to give a soft sheen using lint free cloths and soft brushes on the detail.  There has been no paint used on the bronze.

To celebrate the Drummer Boy coming to Market Hill, the Town Mayor will perform an unveiling ceremony on Saturday 3rd March 2018 at 11am