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Frank Sidebottom statue unveiling at precisely 11.37am

The long-awaited Frank Sidebottom statue will be revealed today. Photo: Frank Sidebottom Statue campaign

The long-awaited Frank Sidebottom statue will be revealed today on Stockport Road in Timperley village, at precisely 11.37am – one of the comic’s catchphrases.

Fans have been fundraising for the 5ft 8in statue, which was cast in the Czech Republic, since the man behind the mask, Chris Sievey, died from cancer in 2010.

They are also handing over a cheque for £1,137 to Marie Curie Cancer Care, which will be collecting donations on the day.

Chris’ son Harry is one of a number of music acts who will perform at the nearby Stonemasons Arms following the ceremony, along with XL5, Dawn Beth Evans and Alan Hesford.

Timperley councillor Neil Taylor, who helped drive the campaign, said: “It’s top secret as to what will happen, but we are happy to say that a shed, and not just any shed, but the real Frank Sidebottom’s shed, will be a part of things.

“This is the climax of a challenging campaign, quite like no other.

“All monies raised have been from fans, with not a penny taken from the public purse, nothing taken in the way of grants, and nothing taken away from any other good cause.”

Mr Taylor said Sidebottom had been a long-standing champion for Timperley and a keen campaigner on local issues.

He added: “It is going in the centre of Timperley village, which we think is very fitting.”

Planners at Trafford council passed the plans using delegated powers after receiving just one objection late last year.

The statue was designed by Chester-based sculptor Colin Spofforth, who has designed a number of public artworks through-out the North West.