Last push for statue

The clay cast of the statue.
The clay cast of the statue.

DD8 Music, the community group behind plans to have a statue erected in honour of AC/DC frontman Bon Scott, is within touching distance of having its dreams realised.

After months of negotiations and fund-raising, group members now have a tangible vision of what the finished product will look like.

Ayrshire based sculptor John McKenna has now completed a clay model of the life-sized statue, complete with a set of bagpipes, and the final push to raise £10,000 to have it cast in bronze has now begun.

Graham Galloway of DD8 Music said: “DD8 Music has so far raised nearly £35,000 to put up a statue to rock legend Bon Scott in his Scottish hometown of Kirriemuir. This has enabled John McKenna to complete the clay mould of the statue. We now need to raise the final £10,000 so the statue can be cast in bronze and installed in the town.”

DD8 Music is reaching out to the global AC/DC fan base to help fund the project. The total currently stands at £34,464.49 and it is hoped the new year will bring a surge of support to complete the work.

Graham continued: “We’re planning on having a special event to commemorate the 35th anniversary of Bon’s death next year. We’re going to show the ‘Let There Be Rock’ film of AC/DC in concert in Paris in ’79 on February 20 next year.

“We’re also going to use this as a fund-raiser to push towards the final £10k we need. The film showing will be treated like a gig, with support bands, a bar and full PA.

“DD8 had a very successful Bonfest this year, and has managed to put another £2,000 towards the statue, as well as helping out the Round Table with a £1,000 donation to help with the community fireworks display.

“In addition to this we are starting a guitar giveaway scheme, where seven S1 students will be given free guitars. This is being organised by our youth group, who are also helping out with free peer guitar tuition sessions in Webster’s.”

DD8 Music’s annual general meeting is on Wednesday, January 14, at 7 p.m. in the DD8 Music studio.

New volunteers to help with the running of the community music group will be most welcome.