New Spanish City roof statues to be installed after damage to original dancing ladies when Storm Arwen hit Whitley Bay

The Spanish City is now primed for the arrival of a new generation of ‘dancing ladies’ figures to adorn the roof following the removal of their storm-damaged predecessors.
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North Tyneside Council has confirmed that new similarly coloured fibreglass dancing figurines, based on the originals, will be installed on top of the Dome in early November.

The original terpsichorean models were taken down following the storms of 2021. Whitley Bay’s Grant’s Clock also had to undergo repairs following Storm Arwen.

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The original copper dancers have now been repaired and will soon adorn the foyer of the Dome.

The Spanish City prior to storm damage to its roof statues. (Photo by archive)The Spanish City prior to storm damage to its roof statues. (Photo by archive)
The Spanish City prior to storm damage to its roof statues. (Photo by archive)

In the council’s own planning application to replace and reinstall the ladies it was required the primary copper statues be retained.

Iain Betham, head of estates at North Tyneside Council, said: “We are delighted to confirm the homecoming of the iconic dancing ladies to the Spanish City dome.

"The original copper statues have been renovated by specialists and will be moved to a new home inside the foyer to ensure their long-term preservation.

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"Carefully crafted replicas will take their place and stand in their original positions above the dome. The work is planned for early November.”

Whitley Bay councillor John O’Shea said: “The iconic dancing ladies, which were part of the outside of the Spanish City, will be welcomed back early next month and I am so pleased that the original ladies are to be installed inside the dome to protect them from the elements.”

The figures formed part of the original construction of the Spanish City, which was built in only 60 days, dating back to 1910.

The dome, following years of redevelopment and £10m worth of investment, was reopened to the public after a long period of dereliction in 2018.

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