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Statue of late great Celt Billy McNeill to be unveiled in hometown this weekend

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A memorial to Celtic captain Billy McNeill will be unveiled in the town of his birth this weekend.Members of the Billy McNeill Commemoration Committee, along with his widow Liz, will officially unveil a £70,000 statue at Bellshill cross at 1.30pm on Saturday, before then heading to nearby Cesar's bar to celebrate the achievement and remember the life of the Lisbon Lion.The Committee have worked tirelessly over the last three years, since the Celtic legend's passing on Easter Monday 2019, to create a lasting memorial for the late great McNeill, with members of the public, Celtic fans and supporters clubs and organisations across the country donating to a fund to enable the erection of such an effigy.The Lanarkshire Live app is available to download now.

Get all the news from your area – as well as features, entertainment, sport and the latest on Lanarkshire’s recovery from the coronavirus pandemic – straight to your fingertips, 24/7.The free download features the latest breaking news and exclusive stories, and allows you to customise your page to the sections that matter most to you.Head to the App Store and never miss a beat in Lanarkshire - iOS - Android Liz McNeill – who wed the legendary football player at Bellshill’s Sacred Heart RC Church in 1963 – ba hascked the proposal over the last three years and sent a message of support to the Bellshill and Mossend Billy McNeill Commemoration Committee at one of their public meetings held in 2019.

A spokesman for the committee told the Lanarkshire Live: “We have worked vigorously and tirelessly to make tomorrow the fantastic event it will be. "A lot of time and effort has gone into this and valuable family time also, we would like to thank our families for their patience and

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