News Update on the Celebration
- During the past four years I have worked a small group of dedicated
volunteers to raise £220,000 for the Celebration Statue that
will honour the contribution made to English football by three of
the greatest players to have worn a Baggies shirt - Laurie Cunningham,
Brendon Batson and Cyrille Regis.
During the past year the financial
contributions have slowed down and certain promises that were made
have not materialised. However to compensate for this we have created
savings through value engineering in raw materials and foundry costs.
In addition to this Graham Ibbeson, because of his passion for the
project, has wiped off a large part of his artistic and creative
The net result of this is that
our fundraising target has now been reduced o £38,000 and
we are working with Sandwell Council and other partners to finalise
a fundraising plan that will enable us to unveil the Celebration
Statue at the start of the 2017-18 Football Season.
The Statue Progress
- The full size Celebration Statue of three separate eight foot
figures - Cyrille Regis, Brendon Batson and Laurie Cunningham -
has been cast into bronze under the personal supervision of sculptor
Graham Ibbeson. When the final phase of fundraising is in place
we will start the intricate process of welding the individual bronze
sections together. Once this process has been completed, the statue
will transported to the foundry in West Bromwich to be fine finished
The Location -
It has been confirmed by Sandwell Council that the site for the
Celebration Statue in New Square, West Bromwich has been prepared
and a foundation installed.
The plinth will ready to receive
the statue when it is complete and the temporary decking that protects
the plinth will be replaced by polished granite panels.
Contributions Support for
fundraising events and financial contributions to date for the Celebration
Statue have been received from Sandwell Council, the Professional
Footballers Association, The Football Association, The League Managers
Association, Kick It Out, the West Bromwich Albion Supporters Club,
WBA Former Players Association, members of the 1979 Club, businessmen
in the Black Country and the dedicated fans of West Bromwich Albion.