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Home at last - countdown to Sidebottom statue unveiling begins
THE big day has finally arrived.
On Sunday the statue built in honour of comedy legend Frank Sidebottom will be unveiled in Timperley Village.
The project has been entirely funded by fans of the quirky character, created by the late Chris Sievey.
Councillor Neil Taylor, a spokesman for the fundraising , said the ceremony will take place at 11.37am and will certainly be in keeping with the character’s unique take on life.
He said: “i’m keeping most of this secret but I am telling people it’s going to involve a Frank Sidebottom shed. It’s going to be quite unlike anything that anybody’s seen before. There’s going to be music, lots of colour and we’re going to make it into a mini theatre show for a few minutes.”
As the big day loomed, Neil said he was feeling nervous and excited “and a sense of relief that the mission is going to be accomplished.”
He also thinks Chris would have approved of the event, which will be attended by members of Chris’s family as well as fans of Frank Sidebottom.
He said: “If Chris is watching from above he would fully give his thumbs up to this. He would think it’s hilarious and I’m sure he would approve of this.”
Chris Sievey died of cancer three years ago and a cheque for £1,137 will be presented to the charity Marie Curie Cancer Care. The donation represents money left over from the fundraising campaign.
After the unveiling of the statue, which will stand opposite the Nat West bank, there will be live music in the nearby Stonemason’s pub.
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