Kevin Beattie statue appeal hits £110,000 target

Credit: Carlisle United FC

Fundraisers have managed to raise £110,000 for a bronze statue of Carlisle-born footballer Kevin Beattie in just eight months.

The former England international, who grew up in Botcherby in Carlisle, died in September 2018 at the age of 64 after suffering a heart-attack.

Beattie won the FA Cup and UEFA Cup with Ipswich and also played nine times for England.

The campaign was started by local Ipswich newspapers and radio channels, which Beattie regularly contributed to. The statue will be positioned outside Ipswich Town's Portman road.

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The sculptor, Sean Hedges-Quinn, released the first images for the design of the statue, stated that the successful fundraiser showed "how much love" people had for Beattie.

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.

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