Opinions remain polarised over the new look of Norwich’s Samson and Hercules

Owner Alan Waller admires Samson and Hercules in their salmon pink as an undercoat for their new pil

Owner Alan Waller admires Samson and Hercules in their salmon pink as an undercoat for their new pillarbox red makeover. Photo: Bill Smith

It has caused division among the people of Norwich but now officers from Norwich City Council are working closely with the owners of a new lobster restaurant to inspect the final colour-scheme of two landmark statues.

Due to be finished next week, the three-and-a-half century Samson and Hercules, which stand proudly in the Tombland area of the city, have had a much-needed revamp in time for the opening of Just Lobsters.

The final coat of 'fire engine red' is due to be applied next week.

A spokesman from the city council confirmed that the building and the figures are not listed but are within the city centre conservation area - which means the special qualities of the built environment are protected.

She added: 'In a few days our specialist conservation and design officers will go down to the site and take stock of the final colour, but we are still liaising with the owner.'

Officers will then make an assessment of the impact of the new colour.

Some passers-by have already raised their eyebrows at the current undercoat colour, which is a type of salmon pink, and opinions on the expected 'fire engine red' paint have already flooded in.

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Critics claim it is not in keeping with the area while others have praised the developers for injecting new life and business into the building, which has remained closed for more than a decade since it last opened as the nightclub Ikon.

The statues are actually replicas of the original Samson and Hercules monuments.

The original Samson was recently taken to London to be restored - the first time it has been out of the county in its 357-year history.

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