17 May 2019 20:50
A bronze statue to much-loved comedy legend Victoria Wood has been unveiled in her hometown Bury. After a long fundraising campaign, the life-size statue was unveiled at a ceremony by her close friend and comic actor Ted Robbins. The tribute will stand proud at Library Gardens off Silver Street in the town centre, a spot Victoria walked past on her way to Bury Grammar School for Girls as a youngster. Her brother Chris Foote Wood, who championed the fundraising drive, addressed hundreds gathered to watch the unveiling and dressed as his sister's comic character Kimberley, complete with a yellow beret. He said: "It's been a fantastic privilege to be the brother of the great Victoria Wood.
"The love that Victoria Wood fans still have for her comes across in waves. The multi Bafta award-winning comedienne, writer and actor found fame in the 1980s and was best known for her BBC sketch Acorn Antiques with Julie Walters, the comedy series Dinnerladies and Victoria Wood as Seen On TV. Created by Graham Ibbeson, who sculpted the famous memorial to Eric Morecambe in Morecambe and Laurel and Hardy in Ulverston, Lancashire, the statue captures a smiling Victoria wearing a long coat and clutching a microphone. Coun Shori said: "Victoria Wood is one of the borough's most famous daughters and it is only fitting that there should be a permanent tribute in her home town." The statue was unveiled by comedian Ted Robbins and Wood's brother Chris Foote-Wood A statue commemorating the life and work of comedian Victoria Wood has been unveiled in her home town. It is also opposite the library, where Wood said she had stolen books as a child because she was too shy to ask the librarian about membership.
The statue was a partnership between Victoria's family and literary estate and Bury Council, which Mr Foote Wood thanked profusely. In his speech, Mr Foote Wood said: "When Victoria died at the tragically early age of 62 at the height of her powers, I was consoled by the fact that she left us a great legacy of performance which we can see on video and television. From the start I wanted this statue to belong to all you fantastic Victoria Wood fans so it's incredible and very special that we've been able to do this through a crowd funding appeal. "Every donation has been gratefully accepted and helped us on our way to achieving this beautiful sculpture in honour of Victoria's life. The Rev McKenna described the statue as a permanent national tribute to all that Victoria did and all that she was to the world.
Crowds of fans gathered in Library Gardens, Bury, along with family, friends and colleagues of the late comedy icon to see the two-metre high sculpture. The statue has taken pride of place opposite Bury Library, from which Wood used to steal books because she was too chronically shy to ask a librarian how to join. He said "It's been a fantastic privilege to be the brother of the great Victoria Wood. "I've always been in awe of her, I believe quite sincerely that Victoria Wood was one of the greatest entertainment talents ever and it's great that we can all pay tribute to that. Speaking after the statue was unveiled, he said: "The love that Victoria Wood fans still have for her comes across in waves.
I didn't know how it was going to be received but I would say Victoria is just as much loved and admired as she ever was when she was performing." Comedian Ted Robbins, a long-term friend of Wood who worked as the warm-up act on her early shows with Julie Walters, officially unveiled the statue. Rev Kate McKenna, of Bury Unitarian Church, asked the crowd to pledge to share some of the joy Wood brought them. A full weekend of events has been arranged to coincide with the statue unveiling, including a sold-out performance in Bury by her co-stars in her TV sitcom Dinnerladies. A statue of Victoria Wood will be unveiled in her home town of Bury today. The two-metre-high sculpture to commemorate the BAFTA award-winning comedian, writer and actor will make its home in Bury town centre. Ms Wood's bronze memorial depicts her holding a microphone, and was commissioned by her brother Chris Foote-Wood and Bury Council. It was created by artist Graham Ibbeson, known for his memorial to Eric Morecombe, which is on display in the Lancashire coastal town of Morecambe. Ms Wood was an admirer of the artist, which is why he was commissioned to make the sculpture with the blessing of the comedian's family and literary estate. The Victoria Wood statue will take pride of place opposite Bury Library where Ms Wood was known for stealing books. The unveiling of the statue will coincide with a full weekend of events including a one-off performance in Bury by Ms Wood's co-stars from her TV sitcom Dinnerladies. A statue of much-loved comedian and actress Victoria Wood was unveiled in her home town today, three years after she lost her battle with cancer. The statue takes pride of place in Library Gardens, off Silver Street, in Bury town centre – opposite Bury Library where Wood used to steal books because she was too shy to ask a librarian how to join. Graham Ibbeson has produced models in preparation for the full statue (Bury Council/PA) Statue of Victoria Wood to be unveiled in Bury BelfastTelegraph.co.uk A statue of much-loved comedian and actress Victoria Wood will be unveiled in her home town today. -of-victoria-wood-to-be-unveiled-in-bury-38120658.html -7f7c-455f-957b-7e0daea2bd47_1 A statue of much-loved comedian and actress Victoria Wood will be unveiled in her home town today. The two-metre high sculpture depicts her performing with a typical on-stage pose, microphone in her right hand, apparently enjoying her audience's reaction. It will take pride of place in Library Gardens, off Silver Street, in Bury town centre – opposite Bury Library where Wood used to steal books since she was too chronically shy to ask a librarian how to join. Victoria Wood died from cancer at the age of 62 (Ian West/PA) Created by Graham Ibbeson who sculpted a famous memorial to Eric Morecambe, the life-sized bronze memorial was commissioned by Victoria's brother Chris Foote-Wood, as well as members of her literary estate and Bury Council. A multi Bafta award-winning comedian, writer and actor, Wood was born in Prestwich and attended Bury Grammar School for Girls. A full weekend of events is being arranged to coincide with the unveiling, including a one-off performance in Bury by co-stars in her TV sitcom Dinnerladies.