Businessman furious as council demands he remove 30ft golden gladiator statue from outside his shop

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A business owner is furious after the council demanded he remove a 30ft golden gladiator statue from outside his shop after a single ‘pooper’ complained it was obscene .

Grant Adamson, 57, said it was a “sad day” when the statue of a Roman icon was taken down on Tuesday.

The vintage shop owner says visitors loved the landmark in Ince, Greater Manchester, but he thought council bosses had given it a hand.

He claimed a man complained about the nudity which caused a “planning permission dispute”.

Grant Adamson, 57, said it was a “sad day” when the statue of a Roman icon was taken down on Tuesday. (Pictured: the golden nude statue removed)

Mr Adamson, who runs Grant’s Bulldog Forge, defended the statue and said ‘if Michelangelo had put it there, everyone would be looking at it’.

Ever since news of the naked titan’s disappearance was shared on social media, users have been mourning the loss of her “beautifully crafted crown jewels” and “glittering golden buttocks” as they walk past.

Wigan Council said it was in contact with the landowner and not Mr Adamson, who installed the statue in June.

The 57-year-old from Scarisbrick, Lancashire, said: “It was a sad day [when it was taken away].

‘He’s not well hung, there’s a lot of talk about the size of his manhood. I really don’t understand people complaining.

“When I first put it up, we had a few of them going ‘what is this? A woman said she was driving in Wigan and all she could see was a big golden ass.

‘I said ‘wait until you go back the other way’. It was a good topic of discussion.

Mr Adamson, who runs Grant's Bulldog Forge, defended the statue (above) and claimed

Mr Adamson, who runs Grant’s Bulldog Forge, defended the statue (above) and claimed ‘if it was placed there by Michelangelo everyone in the world would come and look at it’

“The complaint I had was from a guy about four weeks ago I thought he was a customer he walked in and went ‘that golden man, that’s obscene, gotta move him “.

“My colleague and I looked at each other as if to say ‘is he winding up on us?

“There are a lot of things the council could look into rather than go after some poor old gold man.”

He added: ‘It’s been there since June. My landlord got the statue somewhere.

“It’s been in storage for years and then it kept telling me ‘the golden man has to make an appearance’ [so] it appeared in June. He’s been there since June but the day he appeared I took pictures and put them on Facebook and everyone was laughing.

“People actually stood inside the compound taking selfies and asking us to take pictures with him.

‘It was hard. We started the company three years ago, then there was the confinement, then we started again and then we confined ourselves again.

‘He’s been a tourist attraction, it’s been good for business, people know that’s where the ‘golden man’ is.

Mr Adamson (pictured) said:

Mr Adamson (pictured) said: ‘The complaint I had was from a guy about four weeks ago I thought he was a customer he came in and went ‘this golden man, it’s obscene, it needs to be moved”

“It was good for the store, it was also a place where I could direct people to the store – I could say ‘take the next left to the golden man’.

‘I had hundreds and hundreds of people [on social media] saying “it’s out of order” and when they get to Wigan it makes them smile.

“The people of Wigan are going crazy.”

The owner staged his removal on Monday, but Mr Adamson hopes he will be reinstated.

He added: “I have a friend who is coming with his three-year-old grandson. They use the cafe from the store and it [the child] says he will “check that the golden man is there”.

“It’s just a – I’ve got plenty of people with kids coming in laughing. Looks like a party pooper ruined it for everyone.

“If he comes back it will lift my spirits and help me with the case. I’m having cups made with him on it, whatever we get out of it we’ll donate to Wigan Hospice.

A spokesperson for Wigan Council said: “Council have liaised with the landowner regarding the need for relevant planning permission for the statue.

“The statue was removed very recently, so the Council is reviewing its next steps in accordance with its normal processes.”

People on social media flooded the store’s post with comments lamenting the loss of the statue.

One wrote: ‘I wonder if Wigan Council officials would object to Michelangelo’s statue of David? Or maybe even some of the paintings in the Sistine Chapel or even the ceiling made by Michelangelo, full of nudes.

Another commented: ‘I lost my evening laugh to work in awe of his bum he got me through sometimes tough 12 hour night shifts.

‘Then the sight of her beautifully crafted crown jewels on the way home. Goodbye, beautiful golden Adonis.

One wrote: ‘I’m going to miss seeing the golden bum shine while walking past the hairdresser. It always brightens up my morning.

Another commented: ‘What’s the matter? I am on [the] the council should have more serious things than this statue if you like it, look at it, if you don’t go past it. It doesn’t hurt.

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