THE Wigan Observer this week proudly unveils plans to erect a statue to one of rugby league’s all-time greats.
Behind-the-scenes work has already been under way for several months to create a bronze figure of Billy Boston which will be installed on a plinth in Wigan town centre next year.
But the team behind the £100,000 project is now ready to go public - with a call on adoring Wigan fans to help pay for it.
The Welsh-born rugby league superstar, who will turn 80 next month, has spent more than three-quarters of his life in Wigan and is just as well known today as he was during his record-breaking playing days in the 1950s and ’60s. Billy said: “I feel so proud that people want to recognise my career like this. It’s a great honour.”
Some of Wigan’s biggest sporting names have already pledged support for the campaign, including Warriors chairman Ian Lenagan, coach Shaun Wane, captain Sean O’Loughlin plus Latics chairman Dave Whelan. The project also has political clout in the shape of ex-MEP Terry Wynn, former MP Sir Ian McCartney and Wigan Council’s deputy leader David Molyneux.
Log on to buildbilly.org to find out how you can help and read this week’s Wigan Observer for more details ...