The Alpha Place Memorial was designed by former ICI draughtsman Tony Lynn MBE not only as a symbol of the Victorian vision that built Saltburn but also to the craftsmanship of those who constructed the buildings that remain today and on Saturday August 11, it was unveiled by Cath and Tony Lynn MBE, together with Project Manager and chief fundraiser Callum Duff.
Alpha Place also marks the site of the platform where the first fare-paying passengers disembarked on 17th August 1861 and this date is credited as the founding of Saltburn-by-the-Sea as a resort.
Although historically significant, the site of Alpha Place (demolished in 1901) has never been marked and the memorial is designed to act as a starting point for those interested in finding out more about the town.
Mr Lynn said: “We wanted to pay tribute to the working people, the craftsmen who built Saltburn-by-the-Sea and without Callum’s hard work we wouldn’t be standing here today.”
The unveiling was followed by the first performance since 1880 of ‘The Saltburn-by-the-Sea Gallop’ which had been arranged and played, especially for the event by Marske Brass Band.