Global audience for statue

Ellie Fiddes and John Crawford of DD8 Music view some of sculptor John McKenna's ideas for the Bon Scott statue.

Ellie Fiddes and John Crawford of DD8 Music view some of sculptor John McKenna's ideas for the Bon Scott statue.

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A LIFE-SIZED sculpture of AC/DC’s late frontman Bon Scott could be in situ in his home town by next May if fans of the rock legend get behind Kirriemuir based community group DD8 Music.

They have the drive and vision and they have commissioned notable Scottish sculptor John McKenna.

But now they are taking steps to find the £50,000 needed to provide the town with an iconic memorial which will capture the imagination of locals and visitors alike.

Their plans have received the backing of Kirriemuir Community Council, the town’s councillors and business community - now they are hoping to tap in to Scott’s legion of fans around the world to get the funding in place for the project to go ahead.

They are hoping the statue will be unveiled next May at the annual Bon Fest event.

At a press conference in the DD8 premises in the town centre on Monday, the group’s John Crawford and Ellie Fiddes told the Dispatch and Herald their project is now gathering global support from mainland Europe, America and Australia.

They have enlisted the help of former AC/DC bass player and author Mark Evans who has agreed to come to Kirriemuir during Bon Fest 2013 to unveil the statue.

He said: “I look forward to visiting Kirriemuir in the future and it would be made all that more special if there was a tribute to Bon in his home town.”

Mark has pledged to help DD8 in any way he can with the project - support the organisers hope will be replicated around the globe.

They hope the project will be funded by the fans, for the fans via a web-based Kick-Start facility.

They are asking fans to join together to pledge just one unit of their currency, or any amount they wish towards the statue. There will be the opportunity for fans to have their name displayed on a plaque of the actual plinth if they donate a specific amount.

John and Ellie are about to launch the project this weekend at the international AC/DC fan club meeting in Geiselwind, Germany.

John said: “People coming to Kirrie seem a bit disappointed when they come here and all they see is a plaque. We want to have a more fitting memorial to Bon; we want to put Kirriemuir on a global map and give Bon some recognition.”

Ellie added: “Kirriemuir is a small town but there is a lot of musical talent. DD8 provide affordable recording space for local musicians. We want to celebrate the fact we have a very famous, local musician; this will benefit the whole community not just the musicians. This will raise the whole profile of Kirriemuir, it’s another attraction.”

Arriving with some teaser samples of his ideas for the sculpture, John McKenna explained: “It’s a great honour. Bon Scott was an icon of my teenage years. We have arrived at our final solution but I think it will only be revealed on the day the statue is unveiled. It will be kept under guarded secret.

“I was an AC/DC fan and one of my favourite songs was “A Whole Lotta Rosie”. I never thought in a million years, when I listened to that music in 1976/77/78, I would be making a statue of Bon Scott”.