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Last Updated: Sunday, 7 May 2006, 17:58 GMT 18:58 UK
Town's tribute to AC/DC front man
Bon Scott memorial - picture by Paul Reid
There was widespread support for the memorial project
A memorial to former AC/DC front man Bon Scott has been unveiled in the small Angus town of Kirriemuir.

Scott was born in Kirriemuir in 1946 and went on to become an international star with the Australian band.

His family emigrated from Scotland when he was six. He went on to rock success and died of alcohol poisoning in 1980 after drinking heavily in London.

The singer was remembered along with other famous Kirriemuir natives, including Peter Pan author JM Barrie.

The memorial plaque, carved from Caithness stone for free by a local tradesman, was unveiled on Saturday.

Musical legacy

Kirriemuir community council chairman Roland Proctor said there had been widespread backing for the idea.

"The whole community has been quite behind this," he said.

"I never knew Bon Scott at all. Until it was brought to my attention I was completely unaware of the man."

Mr Proctor added: "Music wasn't new in his family - Bon Scott's uncle played the piano in a local country dance band."

Despite Scott's rock star image, Mr Proctor said the memorial would fit in well in Kirriemuir.

"Kirriemuir has got the sort of image that it's a retirement home for people, but this is something we wanted to do," he said.

"This is a place for the young and old, it's inviting to everybody."

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