Friday, 19 March 2010

Fred Trueman - A Yorkshire Cricketer Unveiled

Fred Trueman Skipton Statue
Picture of unveiling of Fred Trueman statue at Skipton.

This picture shows the unveiling in Skipton yesterday of a bronze statue of Yorkshire and England cricketer Fred Truman by his widow Veronica.

In the photograph can be seen Veronica Trueman, Dickie Bird former Yorkshire teammate, Graham Ibbeson the sculptor and Steve Butcher, deputy managing director of Northern Rail.

Fiery Fred as he was known was a true Yorkshire icon and a sporting great. Frederick Sewards Trueman OBE (6 February 1931 – 1 July 2006) was regarded as one of the greatest fast bowlers in history, he was first man to take 300 Test wickets.

The bronze statue showing Fred larger than life in full flow at the sport in which he excelled can be seen at the canal basin in Skipton, Yorkshire. The £90,000 Fred Trueman sculpture was funded by the Fred Trueman Appeal which was set up by Northern Rail and Craven District Council in 2007.

I was pleased to have a few words with Yorkshire born sculptor Graham Ibbeson, I think his statue of Leeds airman Arthur Aaron VC that stands at one end of Eastgate, Leeds is thought provoking and well done.

I also caught up with Look North's (BBC) very own Crista Ackroyd, but I will save that for another day.

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