Braveheart statue finds home at football club

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A Braveheart statue which has travelled across Scotland has finally found a home.

The statue was created by Scottish sculptor Tommy Church, and was unveiled at Brechin City FC on Sunday afternoon.

Depicting Mel Gibson as William Wallace in the 1995 film Braveheart, it took Mr Church five months to carve the 13-foot figure.

Clark Renilson, 55, community manager, said: “[The statue] has been in various places throughout Scotland and it was offered to the club just this year as the sculptor is a resident of the town.

“This will be the final resting place, where it will remain.

“There must have been approximately 250 to 300 (people) in total (at the event), so that was a mixture of all age groups.”

STV Newsreader and local Brechiner Andrea Brymer unveiled the statue, and The Brechin Football Community Trust set up games for children at the event.

Braveheart Statue unveiled
(left to right) former club chairman David Birse, Tommy Church, STV Newsreader Andrea Brymer and club chairman Kevin Mackie during the unveiling (Brechin City FC/PA)

The unveiling of the statue has led to Twitter users flooding the club’s post with a string of humorous messages regarding the dramatic expression on the statue’s face.

One user commented: “Has he accidentally stepped on a piece of Lego?”

Another wrote: “hmmm,” with an image of the bronze bust of Ronaldo, which was displayed at Madeira airport in March 2017.

Mr Renilson added that there was also a bucket collection for kidney dialysis at the event, which raised roughly £650 and was the chosen charity of Mr Church.

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