Bill McLaren statue to be unveiled at Murrayfield

McLaren statue The statue of Bill McLaren is due to be unveiled at Murrayfield later this week

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A £12,000 memorial statue of rugby commentator Bill McLaren is set to be unveiled at Murrayfield this week.

A ceremony is being planned ahead of Sunday's Scotland versus South Africa match to honour the "Voice of Rugby" who died in January 2010.

Sculptor Angela Hunter, of Innerleithen, began work on the bronze statue when he retired in 2002.

It will stand on a granite plinth in the Edinburgh rugby stadium's main reception area.

Mr McLaren's daughter, Linda Lawson, said: "As a family we are thrilled and honoured that the sculpture will be on display at Murrayfield which held a special place in dad's heart and where he experienced so many happy days in the commentary box.

"We are very grateful not only to Angela for creating such a wonderful image but also to Scottish Rugby for providing the most appropriate home for it.

"We hope that many people will be given the opportunity to view the sculpture and that it may bring back fond memories of dad's contribution to our rugby history."

A similar memorial bust of Mr McLaren was unveiled in Wilton Park in his home town of Hawick in February.

A spokesman for Scottish Rugby said details of the statue unveiling ceremony this week had still to be finalised.

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