Barking and Dagenham Council is raising funds to build a statue in honour of footballer Bobby Moore, West Ham and Englandís only World Cup winning captain.
On the 50th anniversary of the 1966 victory, the local authority launched a campaign on crowdfunding platform Spacehive, calling on residents to pledge donations starting from £2 to support the project remembering Moore in his home town of Barking.
The aim is to reach a £167,574 ‘pledged’ fund before opening a design competition to the public and submitting a planning application. Pledges will only be collected if permission is granted.
The “people’s statue”, as it is referred to, would be built at the crossing between Station Parade and Cambridge Road, by Barking station.
Councillor Darren Rodwell, leader of the council, said: “We are extremely proud as a borough that Bobby Moore was born and grew up in Barking and it is important that we honour this great man.
“We need to remember all of the iconic people that come from the borough, including our footballing heroes.”
Former West Ham stars Harry Redknapp and Frank Lampard Snr have backed the campaign, along with former England manager Terry Venables and West Ham United captain Mark Noble.
Pledges will be collected until 16 December.
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