© PA/M.E.N.The Victoria Wood statue was unveiled on Friday
A bronze statue to much-loved comedy legend Victoria Wood has been unveiled in her hometown Bury.
Prestwich-born Victoria was 62 when she died from cancer in April, 2016.
After a long fundraising campaign, the life-size statue was unveiled at a ceremony by her close friend and comic actor Ted Robbins.
The tribute will stand proud at Library Gardens off Silver Street in the town centre, a spot Victoria walked past on her way to Bury Grammar School for Girls as a youngster. © PAThe statue was unveiled after a fundraising campaign
Her brother Chris Foote Wood, who championed the fundraising drive, addressed hundreds gathered to watch the unveiling and dressed as his sister's comic character Kimberley, complete with a yellow beret.
He said: "It's been a fantastic privilege to be the brother of the great Victoria Wood.
"I've always been in awe of her. I believe that Victoria Wood was one of the greatest entertainment talents ever.
"Outside of her work, she wanted nothing more than to enjoy a quiet life with friends and family and to bring up her two children. © ABNM PhotographyActor Ted Robbins, a close friend, hailed a 'shy show-off'
"She has left us a great legacy of performance.
"It's been incredible and very special that we've been able to do this through a crowdfunding campaign.
"Every donation has been gratefully accepted.
"It's helped us on our way to achieving this beautiful sculpture in honour of Victoria's life.
"The love that Victoria Wood fans still have for her comes across in waves. © PATed Robbins and Chris Foote Wood
"It's been a great feeling for me. I didn't know how it was going to be received but I would say Victoria is just as much loved and admired as she ever was when she was performing."
Ted Robbins described the comedienne as a 'shy show-off' and a 'real genius'.
He said: " It's so moving for me to think I was at the very start of Victoria's career.
"She'd love all the people. She'd love to talk to them and say 'ooh that's a nice cagoule'."
The multi Bafta award-winning comedienne, writer and actor found fame in the 1980s and was best known for her BBC sketch Acorn Antiques with Julie Walters, the comedy series Dinnerladies and Victoria Wood as Seen On TV. © PAHundreds gathered for the unveiling ceremony
Over more than three decades, Victoria was responsible for some of the funniest and most original writing, both on stage and screen, that the UK has ever produced and grew to be one of the nation's most respected and loved comediennes.
She won five Baftas in total, including two for her one-off ITV drama Housewife, and was also a popular stand-up artist. © BBC/Richard KendalVictoria Wood as Bred in Dinnerladies
Created by Graham Ibbeson, who sculpted the famous memorial to Eric Morecambe in Morecambe and Laurel and Hardy in Ulverston, Lancashire, the statue captures a smiling Victoria wearing a long coat and clutching a microphone.
Her left hand is clenched shut, a technique Victoria is believed to have often used to help her remember a line or a part of her act.
Even Oscar-winning actress Dame Judi Dench, who played 'M' in the James Bond films, backed the campaign in person by donating £1,000. © ITV Picture DeskOn stage in 1987
Bury council leader Rishi Shori also addressed crowds at the unveiling and the Rev Kate McKenna, of Bury Unitarian Church, gave a dedication.
The Brighouse and Rastrick Brass Band meanwhile played the Dinnerladies theme and the Ballad of Barry and Freda - Let's Do It, from one of her sketches.
Coun Shori said: "Victoria Wood is one of the borough's most famous daughters and it is only fitting that there should be a permanent tribute in her home town."
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