Hero Pig­gott hon­oured by home­town

Sunday Mirror (Northern Ireland) - - News - BY IAN FLETCHER

JOCKEY leg­end Lester Pig­gott un­veils a “stun­ning” bronze statue of him­self to­day.

The show­case mo­ment comes 71 years to the day after the vet­eran, now 83, rode the first of 4,493 ca­reer win­ners.

The cer­e­mony, in Pig­gott’s home­town of Wan­tage, Oxon, comes ahead of an exhibition at the lo­cal Vale and Down­land Mu­seum cel­e­brat­ing his achieve­ments.

Sculp­tor Wil­liam New­ton cre­ated the life­size work, which will stand in the mu­seum court­yard.

This is the third of nine iden­ti­cal stat­ues be­ing placed around the coun­try to cel­e­brate each of his record nine Derby wins.

The first was un­veiled at Ep­som by the Queen on Derby Day on June 1.

STATUE Lester Pig­got

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