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Bronze statue of former AC/DC frontman to be built in Scots hometown

Bon Scott lived in Kirriemuir for the first five years of his life before moving to Australia.

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DD8 Music

The crowdfunding campaign for a bronze statue of the Scottish-born frontman of rock band AC/DC to be built in his Angus hometown has hit its target.

Bon Scott was the Australian band's lead singer and lyricist from 1974 until his death in 1980.

The Forfar-born singer lived in Kirriemuir for the first five years of his life before moving to Australia.

For the last nine years the town has held a festival in his honour and plans for the tenth edition next year have received a boost with fundraising for a statue of Scott hitting the required £45,000.

The clay mould will now be cast in bronze, a process which will begin next month, and is expected to be completed by next April.

An update on the fundraising page said: "Thank you so much to everyone who has donated and supported us over these past two years of fundraising.

"It has been an amazing journey, and we have made so many incredible new friends all over the world. We can't wait to party with you in Kirrie next April.

"The fundraising doesn't stop there though. We now have our first stretch goal of £50,000 to hit.

"This extra £5000 will go towards making the memorial garden for Bon as great as it can be.

"We will look at better paving, seating and planting, to make sure the garden is as awesome as the legend Bon deserves."

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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.

But this second statue is something Scott "would have thought hilarious", according to one of the men behind the project.

Graham Galloway of DD8 Music, who organise the annual Bonfest, told STV News a planning meeting would take place on Thursday ahead of next year's festival and grand unveiling of the bronze statue.

He said: "I know John McKenna, who is making the statue, was involved in a project which took eight years to fund. So this is the first time John has been involved in a project which has come together so quickly.

"The money will be used for the bronze casting process at the end of this month for it to be ready in time for Bonfest next April.

"We were always planning to start selling tickets in mid-October but wanted to hold off because unveiling the statue is going to make it a bigger event.

"I think it is something he would have loved. He was a showman and a show-off and he probably would have thought it was hilarious. But it is a great honour.

"People are still giving and we encourage them to keep doing so. We normally get 1000 people across the weekend at Bonfest but are expecting more now next year."

Ayrshire sculptor McKenna, an AC/DC fan whose other works include a statue of Jock Stein outside Celtic Park, added: "It's a great honour, Bon Scott was an icon of my teenage years."

Bon Scott in Kirriemuir
DD8 Music

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