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Formby statue for his home town
Statue of George Formby in Douglas - courtesy of manxscenes.com
The Douglas statue wears a TT outfit
The artist behind the statue of entertainer George Formby in the Isle of Man is to create a replica, be go on display in his home town of Wigan.

Manx artist Amanda Barton created the statue, which stands on Ridgeway Street in Douglas.

She has now been commissioned by Wigan councillors to create a second sculpture to be unveiled in May.

The new statue may be similar but it will not be wearing the TT races outfit like the island's one.

Ms Barton said it was the Douglas statue which inspired Wigan councillors to ask her to create another.

'War spirits'

The artwork is to be funded by the councillors independently of the council.

The campaign to get the statue was led by Conservative Cllr Gareth Fairhurst and the George Formby Society.

President of the society Gerry Mawdsley said: "This is something I have been trying to get for years now and finally it is happening."

They hope to get it in place by George's birthday next year, 26 May.

Formby, who was born in Wigan, Greater Manchester, in 1904, was a comedian, actor, singer and songwriter.

He appeared in 21 films, made over 230 records and helped keep the British people's spirits high during World War II.

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