According to The Courier, a bid to raise £50,000 to erect a bronze statue of legendary AC/DC singer Bon Scott in Kirriemuir, Scotland — his birthplace and home of his family in his early years — was launched this past weekend at the annual BonFest celebration.
Scott was born Ronald Belford Scott in Forfar in 1946 and lived in Kirriemuir until 1952, when his family moved to Australia.
Kirriemuir-based community group DD8 Music has commissioned Ayrshire sculptor John McKenna to design and sculpt the memorial statue of Bon. A sensational artist and AC/DC fan to boot, he said, "It's a great honor. Bon Scott was an icon of my teenage years." Some of John's other works include Jock Stein, outside Celtic park, and the Auchengeich miner.
DD8 is reaching out to the global AC/DC fan base to help fund the project. They want it to be funded by the fans for the fans. They are asking for fans around the world to join together and pledge just one unit of their currency, or indeed any amount they wish, towards the statue. There will also be the opportunity for fans to have their name displayed on a plaque or the actual plinth if they donate a specific amount.
An Australian statue honoring Scott was first revealed at the Aussie Rock Celebration concert in suburban Claremont in February 2008 and was placed permanently at the Fremantle Fishing Boat Harbour in Western Australia in October that same year.
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