A BRIGHT Autumn sun shone down on Harold Wilson on a day he got some good news.
The statue of Huddersfield’s most famous son is about to be "freed".
The statue, in St George’s Square, has been caged for weeks in metal fencing while regeneration work takes place in St George’s Square.
But Kirklees Council said yesterday that the fencing would soon be removed, as the controversial £4m revamp of the square nears an end.
Bad weather had delayed some of the work but yesterday, the sun shone all day on the Square and its new flagged heart.
A Kirklees Council spokeswoman said: "Work on the square is just about complete. The statue of Harold Wilson is being cleaned now, in readiness for the fence around it being taken down."
She added that a few more finishing touches were needed.
The spokeswoman said: "We need to complete the silicone sealing of the expansion joints – in the stone paving and kerbing – which was delayed due to bad weather. We will put in the remaining trees at the end of the month."
The position of statue of the Huddersfield-born prime minister has been controversial during the redevelopment. Kirklees initially wanted to move the statue to a small island near bus stops and taxi stands outside the Head of Steam pub, to allow a fountains and water feature to be created in front of the station.
However the council backed down after protests from Lord Wilson’s widow Lady Mary, Prime Minister Gordon Brown and Huddersfield MP Barry Sheerman.
The eight-foot bronze statue was unveiled by then Prime Minister Tony Blair in 1999.
Lord Wilson was born in Huddersfield in 1916 and was elected to Parliament in the Labour landslide of 1945.
He became party leader in 1963 and served as prime minister from 1964 to 1970 and from 1974 to 1976.