Three friends met up to celebrate the Festive Season of 2011 and during the course of the evening the conversation turned to why Aberdeen had not done more to celebrate the achievements of one of it’s most famous sons – Denis Law. They decided that a good way of doing this would be to build a statue and so the project began.
By February 2012 the project team had been assembled the three friends David Suttie, Steven McKnight and Alistair Findlater along with Graham Thom and George Yule.
In March the sculptor Alan Beattie Heriot was chosen , thanks to the help of Graham’s wife Katherine.
Also in March the Fund raising project was begun and it was suggested to the team that the Aberdeen Sports Village would be a good place to site the Statue and they very kindly agreed to this , Denis himself had opened the Sports Village in August 2009 and David Beattie from the Sports Village joined the team.
In April the Maquette ( a small sized figure) had been created and was approved by the team and Denis in early May.
On 30th May Denis and the team visited the Powderhall Foundry where the Statue had been created by Alan and the Powderhall team to view the completed works and to give approval to the final figure. This was a wonderful experience for everyone involved.
On the 20th July the Statue was unveiled by Sandy Busby ( son of Sir Matt Busby) at the Sports Village and the ceremony was attended by Denis and his family, Invited Guests including Denis’s old team mate and friend Mike Summerbee, the project team, the Donors and the Media. Denis himself gave an impromptu emotional speech to round off the day.
The Trustees would like to thank the following people (listed in alphabetical order) without whose very generous donations this project would not have happened.
- Blue Manta Ltd
- Bon-Accord Granite Ltd
- Colin Cameron
- Graham Cheyne ( Builders ) Ltd
- Future Industrial & Welding Supplies Ltd
- Grampian Continental Ltd
- Tom Kennedy
- Paul Lawrie
- Colin Lawson Transport Ltd
- Gareth Jones
- Stena Drilling Ltd
- Stewart Spence
- Panalpina World Transport
Alan Beattie Herriot DA ARBS graduated from Duncan of Jordonstone College of Art in 1974.
Over the past 36 years he has built an international reputation and is considered one of Scotland's most successful figurative sculptors.
He works from his Howgate studio near Edinburgh, Midlothian, in Scotland.
Alan Herriot's sculptures portray characters from history, literature and legend. His sculptural pedigree can be traced back from Rodin, Eduard Lanteri and Alexander Carrick, Scott Sutherland to contemporaries such as Alistair Smart and Dr. Alistair Ross and David Annand.
He has produced work for the major Heritage Conservation bodies, The National Trust for Scotland and Historic Scotland as well as for organisations and individuals in Britain and Ireland, Holland, France and Norway.
His Ancient Mariner and Yankee Jack sculptures are sited at the Maritime Museum, Watchet, Somerset. The Highland Division Piper stands at the entrance to The House of Bruar, in Perthshire. HRH Prince Andrew the Duke of York unveiled a bronze memorial to Bamse, the WWII Norwegian sea dog at Montrose. He has recently completed a large equestrian bronze statue of King Robert the Bruce, which was sited in 2011 in The City of Aberdeen.