Volunteers have begun applying a fresh coat of paint to a famous 150-year-old North Yorkshire landmark.
The Kilburn White Horse, created in November 1857, overlooks the Vale of York and is the largest and most northerly chalk figure in England. Measuring 318 feet across, 220ft high and covering 1.6 acres, it was last painted in 2005 and was due for a re-spray in June. Unlike chalk-cut hill figures in the South of England, the surface of Kilburn's horse is limestone, which naturally weathers to grey. The visual impact of the horse is not only affected by worn paint but also by algae growing on the exposed rock. For many years, it was kept white by spreading chalk chippings over the surface. Then in 1999, the decision was taken to apply paint. Contractor Eden Whatnell, who successfully carried out the first painting and a re-coat in 2005, had offered to repeat the operation free of charge. But after he dropped out, the job was delayed until another professional painter could be found.
In response to an appeal by the Kilburn White Horse Association, Instore Solutions Ltd offered to send three professionals without charge. Paint was donated by PPG Architectural Coatings and Kalon.
Helen Bielby, vice-chairman of the Kilburn White Horse Association, said: "It's an icon of Yorkshire and it can be seen from some distance away. Obviously when it's whiter it's more visible.
"We would like to say a big thank you to Instore Solutions for donating their labour."
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