Legend Nat to become man in bronze

BOLTON Wanderers are set to unveil the first of two bronze reveals of Whites’ legend Nat Lofthouse.

It will be next to the main statue in a special memorial garden at the Reebok Stadium.

Sculptor Sean Hedges-Quinn has completed the first reveal of Nat holding aloft the FA Cup with the winning 1958 team around him.

It will be unveiled at a special event in the Lion of Vienna Suite at the Reebok on Thursday at 7.30pm.

Fans will also be able to talk the sculptor about how work on the project is going.

Entrance is free but people will be encouraged to donate to the Nat Lofthouse Memorial Fund.

Club chaplain Phil Mason said: “We want the people of the town to be the first to be able to see this iconic image that has been produced by the sculptor on what will be a special night in the Lion of Vienna Suite.” Nat’s statue will be unveiled at the Reebok Stadium on what would have been his 88th birthday — August 27, 2013.

It is based on the image of him walking out of the tunnel at Burnden Park holding the ball. Bolton people have raised more than £35,000 to help pay for the statue with his family also making a significant donation

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