The Celebration Statue comes to life
Plans to immortalise three West Bromwich Albion legends have been brought to life.
A statue depicting pioneering black players Laurie Cunningham, Brendon Batson and Cyrille Regis is planned for West Bromwich town centre next year.
The Celebration, which shows the players celebrating a goal, has now been brought to life by actors recreating the pose as part of an exhibition for this year’s Sandwell Arts Festival.
The actors, all members of the Man Made Youth Company, appeared on the plinth at New Square Shopping Centre in bronze to recreate the iconic pose.
Ex-Albion star Ally Robertson who played with Brendon, Cyrille and Laurie, was on hand to see the display along with local businessman Jim Cadman who is raising money for the statue.
They were joined by Councillor Darren Cooper, Leader of Sandwell Council, who said the exhibition was a great way of promoting both the statue and the arts festival.
“This is a great way to bring this important project to life and give people a taste of what it will be like to have a fantastic sculpture in the town next year,” he said.
Jim Cadman added: “I urge people to visit the Sandwell Arts Festival and take at look at this marvellous exhibition to see for themselves how the statue will celebrate the achievements of these players who paved the way for black footballers in this country.”
The Sandwell Arts Festival will take place across the borough between July 26 and August 2. The actors will be back in West Bromwich town centre to bring The Celebration statue to life at 2pm on August 2.
To find out more about the Sandwell Arts Festival call Garry Morris on 0121 569 4710.
A tribute dinner marking the life of Laurie Cunningham is being held at the International Conference Centre in Birmingham on Monday November 10.