An iconic statue in Wolverhampton city centre will undergo essential repairs to restore it to its former glory.
Restoration work on the Prince Albert bronze statue – known locally as the “Man on the ‘Oss” – will start on Monday and is expected to take around eight weeks.
The monument, in Queen Square, has not been treated for around 20 years.
Work will include repairs to the corroded bronze, the granite plinth and the bent scabbard.
Council chiefs say the work is long overdue but they insist access to nearby businesses will not be affected while it is carried out.
The statue has been subjected to vandal attacks over the years, with yobs daubing graffiti over it and even placing a comedy nose on its head.
The council has budgeted £20,000 for the work but spokesman Paul Brown said the exact cost would not be known until the extent of the damage has been analysed, saying it could be “significantly lower”.
Councillors said they were looking forward to the statue being restored to its “former glory”.
City Councillor Peter Bilson, said it was a long-overdue restoration and that residents were “quite rightly proud” of the statue.