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£620raised of £40,000 target by 26 supporters

    Weʼve raised £620 to sculpt a life size statue of Victoria Wood in Bury Town Centre

    Bury, United Kingdom
    Funded on Tuesday, 8th August 2017

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    Graham Ibbeson has been selected to design and sculpt a lifelike bronze statue of Victoria Wood to be erected in her home town of Bury, Greater Manchester. Ibbeson has created many iconic statues, including one of Eric Morecambe in Morecambe, Lancashire.

    The statue is a joint project of Bury Council, in conjunction with Victoria’s Estate, on behalf of her children, family and friends. The Council has agreed to provide the site for the statue, in Library Gardens in the centre of the town.

    Chris Foote Wood said: “I am very pleased indeed that we have been able to obtain the services of Graham Ibbeson. It was his statue of Eric Morecambe that first inspired me to try to get something similar for my multi-talented and much-loved sister Victoria.”

    Multi BAFTA award-winning comedian, writer and actor Victoria Wood was born in Prestwich and attended Bury Grammar School for Girls, died in April 2016 from cancer at the age of 62. The mum-of-two found was best known for her BBC sketch Acorn Antiques and the comedy Dinnerladies. She grew to be one of the nation’s most respected and loved comedians.

    The previous crowd funding pots that people have kindly donated to are being amalgamated into one pot to raise a total of £65,000 to commission Graham Ibbeson, who has since been selected to create the iconic comedians sculpture. The increased target reflects the ambition of working with an experienced artist, such as Graham, who has a track record of creating quality representation of great northern comics, to create a lasting legacy of Victoria in her home town. The fund and project is being coordinated by Bury Council working with representatives of Victoria's estate and family. Since the project was launched a total of £25,040 has been raised so far. The design process for the sculpture is well under way, with updates in the pipeline to share the development of the work for funders and fans of Victoria.

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      26

      • Anonymous

        Anonymous

        May 19, 2017

      • Anonymous

        Anonymous

        May 18, 2017

        £30.00

      • Mark Major

        Mark Major

        May 18, 2017

        For me she represented, what used to be, quintessentially British values - compassion, unassuming, insightful, optimistic and kind - she was also very, very funny.

        £30.00

      • Gabriele Gandlau

        Gabriele Gandlau

        May 17, 2017

        Victoria entertained me throughout my adult life & I think she definitely deserves a statue to celebrate her life!

        £20.00

      • Anne Hubbard

        Anne Hubbard

        May 17, 2017

        I was born and bred in Bury and very proud that in my youth I used the same haunts as the amazing Victoria ... what a treasure. Bury should be very proud; Victoria, Bobby Peel and Meeee, 😜, wow!

        £20.00

      • Anne Pearcey

        Anne Pearcey

        May 16, 2017

        Victoria Wood was a brilliant, gentle comedy genius who gave us so much joy.

        £50.00

      • Gillian Leather

        Gillian Leather

        May 16, 2017

        £10.00

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      Bury Council

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      Bury, United Kingdom

      The Victoria Wood statue is a joint project of Bury Council, in conjunction with Victoria’s Estate, on behalf of her children, family and friends. The Council has agreed to provide the site for the statue, in Library Gardens in the centre of the town.

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