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The culmination of a three year fundraising campaign was celebrated in Kirriemuir on Saturday.

A £50,000 statue of Kirrie-born AC/DC frontman Bon Scott was finally unveiled, as 2000 adoring fans mingled with locals at the ceremony.

Mark Evans (third from left) at the unveiling of the statue with other VIP guests

Mark Evans (third from left) at the unveiling of the statue with other VIP guests

The honour of unveiling Bonfest 2016’s centrepiece – the memorial garden on Bellies Brae – fell to Bon’s former bandmate, bass guitarist Mark Evans.

Fellow bandmate Tony Currenti also travelled from Australia for the event, along with Bon’s soulmate and close friend Mary Renshaw.

It was only fitting that the statue by Ayrshire sculptor John McKenna was slotted into place for the festival’s tenth anniversary celebrations.

And it proved an emotional experience for friends and fans alike.

Organiser Graham Galloway, of DD8 Music, said: “There were lots of tears – tears of sorrow and of joy.

“It was a long campaign to raise the funds so seeing it come to fruition, in front of a huge crowd, was amazing.

“We live streamed it on Facebook and it had 56,000 views. A lot of them said they now had an excuse to come to Scotland, so fingers crossed the town will enjoy Bon benefits year round.”

Given the range of nationalities at the weekend, it’s fair to assume Bon’s statue will draw tourists.

Graham said: “People came from all over the world – Peru, Australia, France.

“AC/DC have a very loyal following and the Bon-era albums are favourites so it meant a lot to the fans to see the statue unveiled.

“Every time I drove past at the weekend, people were taking selfies with it!”

The weekend boasted more than the statue though.

Evening concerts on Friday, Saturday and Sunday in the big top went down a storm with headliners Back:N:Black, Bon, The AC/DC Show and Tony Currenti and Pure/DC playing to sell-out audiences.

Graham and Bonfest chairman John Crawford even got in on the action!

“Mark Evans got up and did a few numbers with the band on Saturday, including Long Way To the Top,” said Graham. “And John and I did backing vocals too. It was an amazing atmosphere!

“All of the volunteers were up on the stage, receiving well deserved applause.

“We couldn’t do Bonfest without them. There’s an army of helpers, without whom the festival wouldn’t be possible so I’d like to say a huge thank you to them all.”

Thanks also to the 6ft something security guard on Saturday who helped Mark Evans finally unveil the Bon statue – the only snag in an otherwise flawless weekend!

Graham added: “We couldn’t have asked for better for the 10th anniversary. How we top that next year? I don’t know!”