Have your name inscribed on the base of the statue of Kevin Beattie

Today we are giving 20 Ipswich Town fans a unique opportunity – to have their names inscribed on the pedestal of the Kevin Beattie statue.

The opportunity will be offered to Blues fans to help complete the necessary fundraising for the statue project, ahead of its unveiling later this year.

For a donation of £ 500, a supporter could have their name etched forever on the plinth of the statue of the greatest player in club history, which will be unveiled at Portman Road before Christmas.

The names will be listed in a section on the back of the plinth. This section will thank all fans of Ipswich Town for raising money for the statue – but especially thanks to the 20 who made the pledge of £ 500.

Brad Jones, editor of the East Anglian Daily Times and who headed the campaign committee, said: “The fans in town have been so generous from day one. This project was driven by them.

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“We increased the original fundraising target after eight months. Then Covid struck, delayed the project which saw some costs rise, and we faced some unexpected complications around the plinth – which now require us to lift a little more to see the project on the line.

“The project team felt this was the best way to do it – and to give 20 fans a truly unique opportunity.”

But those interested will need to act quickly – the closing date is Monday, October 11. Supporters can email brad.jones@archant.co.uk for more details.

Meanwhile, there are now only four of the statue’s extremely limited edition miniatures, all handcrafted by the statue’s own sculptor, Sean Hedges-Quinn from Suffolk, still available.

Sculptor Sean Hedges-Quinn with a model of his statue of Kevin Beattie
– Credit: Charlotte Bond

The models are cast in bronze resin and mounted on a beautiful engraved plinth, and available for £ 1,200. Only 40 were made, and only four remain.

All proceeds from sales will go towards the final fundraiser.

To order a model, along with a certificate of authenticity signed by Emma Beattie, Sean Hedges-Quinn and Terry Butcher, go to www.suffolkstore.co.uk/store/Limited-Edition-Kevin-Beattie-Statue- p244902483

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Blues legend Terry Butcher, who was on the Statues Campaign Committee, with one of Kevin Beattie’s model statues
– Credit: Charlotte Bond

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