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Kevin Beattie: First images of statue to be built in honour of Ipswich Town legend revealed

The statue will show Beattie's strength and power. Credit: Sean Hedges-Quinn

The first images of a statue that will be erected in honour of former Ipswich Town footballer Kevin Beattie have been revealed.

Sculptor Sean Hedges-Quinn has come up with the design which he believes will show Beattie's "strength" and "power".

The statue is due to stand outside the club's Portman Road stadium and will be located near the existing Sir Bobby Robson and Sir Alf Ramsey memorials, which were both also designed by Mr Hedges-Quinn.

Mr Beattie, who was voted Ipswich's greatest ever player by fans and was known as 'The Beat', died from a heart attack last September aged 64.

The statue will show 'The Beat' jumping for a header. Credit: Sean Hedges-Quinn

Mr Hedges-Quinn said that he wanted the statue to show Beattie jumping for a header which was one of his trademarks when he was a player.

"I chose this particular pose because rather than just capturing a good likeness of the Beat I wanted to portray the very essence of the colossal footballer he was," Mr Hedges-Quinn said.

"I wanted to bring out the power, the athleticism and the grace of his footballing ability.

"The Beat leaping higher than anybody else to either power home a header or complete a clearance was legendary. To me it was the only option."

Nearly £50,000 of a £110,000 target has already been raised to fund the memorial following a joint project by the East Anglian Daily Times, Ipswich Star, BBC Radio Suffolk and TWTD website.