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Thousands turn out to see Sidebottom statue unveiled
MORE than 2,000 people poured in to Timperley Village to see a statue unveiled in honour of Frank Sidebottom.
Cllr Neil Taylor, a spokesman for the fundraising group said the turn out was beyond the organisers “wildest expectations.”
He said: “It literally brought Timperley to a complete halt. You could not move in the Village.”
Neil said the number of spectators showed the “immense” love for Frank - the comedy character created by the late Chris Sievey.
He added: “It’s a people’s statue and it’s been funded by the people. Up until ten o’clock on Sunday night people were having their photographs taken with it.”
There was even a Japanese film crew in the crowd making a documentary about cult figures in Manchester and Neil thinks the TV exposure will put Timperley on the map and the statue become a tourist attraction.
The statue was unveiled on Sunday by Asher, Chris’s daughter, and his sons, Stirling and Harry. Celebrity spectators included the singer Badly Drawn Boy and Mike Joyce, former drummer with legendary Manchester band, The Smiths.
Chris died of cancer three years ago and Neil used the occasion to hand over a cheque to Marie Curie Cancer Care for £1,137 - the amount left over from the statue fundraising appeal. Another collection carried out for the charity on the day raised £1,400.
Neil said he felt a sense of “mission accomplished” now that the fundraising was complete and the statue, which stands opposite the NatWest bank, is now in place.
He added: “Frank Sidebottom is now immortalised in bronze.”
* All photos are by Martin O'Neill - studiofivefour.com
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