he brother of beloved comedian Victoria Wood, who died in April, aged 62, hopes TV Times readers will support his campaign to pay for a statue of the star.
Chris Foote Wood has set up a Justgiving page to raise £20,000 for the memorial in Bury, Greater Manchester, where she grew up.
‘We’ve already raised more than £8,000, but if your readers would like to contribute, that would be wonderful,’ Chris,
75, tells TV Times News.
Chris’s inspiration came from Eric Morecambe’s statue in Morecambe, Lancashire.
‘I wanted to do something
Tpermanent for Victoria, something her fans can visit and take selfies with,’ he says. ‘Eric Morecambe’s statue is perfect as it shows him in a typical pose.’
How Victoria’s memorial will depict her will be decided by an online vote.
‘It could be her at the piano, or as “Kimberley’s friend” wearing a coat and beret, or in dinnerladies,’ says Chris.
And what does he think his famously private sister would have made of a statue?
‘She was very modest, so I think her instinct would have been to say no. Secretly, though, I think she would have been pleased, as she was proud of her work,’ he smiles. to make a donation to the appeal, go to www.just giving. com/ crowdfunding/ chris-foote wood
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Beret good as ‘Kimberley’s friend’ and as deputy canteen manager Bren in chris (inset) thinks his sister would have been ‘secretly pleased’ by the statue