Statue of a sea lion outside Hyde Town Hall

Statue of a sea lion outside Hyde Town Hall - taken by me
Preston, England
September 7, 2015 5:09am CST
Not quite sure why Hyde in Tameside / Cheshire has a large statue of a sea-lion outside the magnificent Town Hall building. It is quite striking. At least they haven't carved a beach-ball to balance on its nose.
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@owlwings (38885)
• Cambridge, England
7 Sep 15
Apparently, it commemorates the Hyde Seals Swimming and Water Polo Club's treble of World Water Polo Championships in 1904-06. It does appear to be crying out for someone to super-glue a beach ball to its nose!
Tameside Recognises World Water Polo Champions
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• Preston, England
7 Sep 15
sound effects of it yelling and clapping its fins would be good too. Thanks for the information on its origins.
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@Inlemay (16490)
• South Africa
18 Jul 16
Now I wonder if that is near any beach or sea?
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• Preston, England
18 Jul 16
@Inlemay No, Manchester is about 45 miles from the sea - as @owlwings says below, it commemorates a water polo victory from the dawn of the 20th century.
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