Fitting tribute to a ‘local’ hero

Jimmy Johnstone Memorial Unveiling party 1986
Jimmy Johnstone Memorial Unveiling party 1986

VIEwpark residents were joined by Celtic supporters from all over the country on Sunday as the statue and memorial garden created to honour Celtic and Scotland legend Jimmy Johnstone was unveiled.

Members of Jimmy’s family, former teammates and friends also gathered for the ceremony at Old Edinburgh Road, some 200 yards from his childhood home and on the the former site of his old St Columba’s Primary School.

The campaign to raise funds for a permanent memorial to Jinky, who died in 2006 after a long battle with Motor Neurone Disease Scotland, was co-ordinated by the Jimmy Johnstone Memorial Committee and involved a wide variety of events supported not just by Celtic fans but by supporters of many other clubs.

The ribbon to the gardens was cut by Jimmy’s widow Agnes and former teammate Betie Auld while the statue was unveiled by the tugging of seven ribbons - symbolising Jimmy’s number - which was carried out by Agnes,

For full story and pictures see August 18 edition of Motherwell Times and Bellshill Speaker.