Nat Lofthouse's son to attend unveiling of Bolton Wanderers legend statue at Reebok
THE son of Nat Lofthouse will be among the honoured guests when a bronze statue of the Whites legend is officially unveiled next weekend.
The £100,000 statue is based on a photograph of Nat carrying a ball onto the pitch and has been constructed in time for the striker’s 88th birthday, which will be celebrated on Wednesday, August 27.
On the day the club wants fans to gather at the statue for 10.30am, with the unveiling ceremony due to begin 15 minutes later.
Club chaplain Phil Mason will host the morning’s proceedings and Whites chairman Phil Gartside and the sculptor Sean Hedges-Quinn will speak before club owner Eddie Davies unveils the statue.
There will also be a few words from Nat’s son Jeff and a dedication by Canon Alan Wolstenscroft who took part in Nat’s funeral service following his death in January 2011.
Mr Mason said: “It's been a long journey to get to this point but we are now counting down the days to the big unveiling.
“I hope the people of Bolton come and share in this significant moment in the club and the town’s history to celebrate this great man.”
The campaign to build the statue was launched in January last year and more than £35,000 has been raised by Whites fans.
The rest was raised from corporate sponsorship, with some sponsorship opportunities still available.
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