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Revealed: Kirriemuir's statue to former AC/DC frontman

Revealed: Kirriemuir's statue to former AC/DC frontman

This is the first image of a new Kirriemuir statue honouring former AC/DC front man Bon Scott.

  (DD8 Music)
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Fans of the musician have been campaigning to erect a statue of him in the quaint Angus burgh for years and have secured well over half of the £48,000 needed to fund it.

They have now revealed the statue's base layer clay mould - complete with bagpipes, of course - and all that remains now is for it to be cast in bronze and installed.

Ayrshire based John McKenna, who created Celtic Park's Jock Stein memorial, designed and sculpted the statue - and before you ask, yes he is an AC/DC fan.

  (DD8 Music)
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The Forfar-born singer lived in Kirriemuir for the first five years of his life before moving to Australia and for the last nine years a quirky festival, BonFest, has been held in his honour.

Organisers say this year’s event could be the final instalment before the statue is finally installed.

"The statue has been made so it’s just a question of raising the money to get it cast," said Graham Galloway, of organising group DD8 Music.

"We’re hoping to raise the money next year and by the time the festival starts next year we hope to have it will be located at the entrance to the car park in Bellies Brae."

  (Bonfest 2015)
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For the last nine years the town has hosted a festival dedicated to his memory.

Rockers from Australia, New Zealand, Switzerland and Canada descend on the town to remember the dead singer, who in 2004 was voted the greatest front man of all time.

It all kicks off this weekend with a gig inspired by AC/DC’s ‘It’s a Long Way to the Top’ music video, where tribute act Rocker performed on the back of a flat bed truck while driving around the picturesque location.

This is followed by full day of events, culminating with a live show from ‘Europe's premier tribute to rock legends AC/DC’.

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"This is our ninth annual Bonfest," continued Graham.

"It’s grown year on year and AC/DC is still one of the biggest bands in the world. They sold out Hampden in minutes and they’re still massively popular everywhere.

"We’ve got a couple of headlining shows in the town hall then we’ve also on Saturday got a full day of free live music.

"We’re doing a street market in the square with local produce and we even have a Scottish highland dancing show to the music of AC/DC."

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The rocker, who died at just 33 years of age, already has a plaque in his honour in Kirriemuir and a statue of himself in Australia.

Having raised £26,723.99 of the £48,000 needed, organisers are confident of securing the remaining funds but things have not always gone smoothly with all of Kirriemuir.

More information on the event can be found on Facebook or on the DD8 Music Group website.

  (DD8 Music)
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