Optimism over statue plan

MOVES to place a statue of one of Kirriemuir’s most famous sons within the town are gathering pace.

Last week, the Dispatch and Herald, told you that plans were currently in place to position a statue of Bon Scott in Cumberland Close.

Now, with a public consultation under way, those behind the plan, DD8 Music, are pleased with their progress.

John Crawford, from the group, said: “This is completely a DD8 Music venture and the memorial statue will be completely funded by us.

“We carried out a public consultation over the weekend and of 141 people asked, 131 were in favour and only 10 were not.”

John has also revealed that the statue will be bronze life-size and a quarter and designed and sculpted by John McKenna who has a number of pieces throughout Scotland, including the Jock Stein statue outside Celtic Park.

Local artist and sculptor Bruce Walker will hopefully be on board to do the Caithness Granite plinth which the statue will stand on.

Support for the statue is growing at a frantic place and John, as well as fellow DD8 Music member Ellie Fiddes, will travel to Gieselwind in Germany to a massive AC/DC fan festival to showcase a portfolio of drawings for the statue.

John said: “The heads of all the European fan clubs will be there so we can show them what we have planned.”

Support has also come from former AC/DC band member Mark Evans, who said: “I look forward to visiting Kirriemuir in the future and it would be made all the more special if there was a tribute to Bon in his home town.”

There is already a Facebook page set up, just search for ‘Bon Scott Statue’ to show your support.

Meanwhile, DD8 Music are hoping to make next year’s Bon Fest bigger and better than ever. Falling on the bank holiday weekend of May 4 and 5, the festival has proved to be a massive success since its conception.

John added: “This year we are hoping to encourage everyone in the town to get involved including shops and local businesses so that everyone will be able to benefit from it not just the Town Hall and a few of the pubs.”