Victoria Wood's family at odds over tribute

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 21 January 2017
Victoria Wood

Victoria Wood

Victoria Wood's family have reportedly fallen out over plans for a life-sized statue of the star

Victoria Wood's family are reportedly at odds over plans for a life-sized statue of the star.

The 62-year-old comedian's brother Christopher Foote Wood, set up a crowdfunding page to raise money for the £30,000 tribute in her hometown of Bury, Greater Manchester but a source close to her two children accused Mr Foote Wood of "firing off under his own steam".

The insider told the Daily Telegraph: "The family want a tasteful statue. This isn't the first time he has gone firing off under his own steam."

Mr Foote Wood admitted that the project had been complicated, explaining: "When it is finished, the statue will belong to me... because I have paid for it. I am putting up the money with the help of crowdfunding.

"Legally it is my property, but when it is up and running I will make it a gift to the council because really the statue should belong to the people of Bury.

"It is proceeding, but I cannot say it is exactly straightforward."

However, he has now reportedly held peace talks with those representing Victoria's children Henry and Grace and they will have a greater part in deciding on the tribute.

An insider said: "The estate was represented [at the meeting] and will now take instructions from the family."

Writing previously on the crowdfunding page, Mr Foote Wood said: "Chosen in an online poll run by Bury Council, the image for the statue will be based on Victoria's character 'Bren' from her TV sitcom Dinnerladies.

"Bury Council can't pay for the statue but is providing the site in the town centre and will do ongoing maintenance. We hope to have the unveiling in May/June 2017.

"Victoria was loved by millions not only for her unique comedy and her brilliant writing and acting, but also for her modesty and generosity.

"She deserves a permanent memorial where her many fans can visit and pay tribute (and also have their selfies taken!) (sic)."

Victoria passed away in April 2016, following a short battle with an aggressive form of cancer.

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