‘Kick off’ for Harry Gregg statue

Harry Gregg pictured at the launch of the Harry Gregg foundation in Ulster University Coleraine.    photo:Derek Simpson
Harry Gregg pictured at the launch of the Harry Gregg foundation in Ulster University Coleraine. photo:Derek Simpson
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Causeway Coast and Glens Council have granted planning permission for a statue to be erected to commemorate NI and Manchester United goalkeeper Harry Gregg.

The planning application for a life size statue of the Munich air disaster hero was discussed on Tuesday at a meeting of the Planning committee.

Members heard that the statue will be situated at “Next corner” in the Diamond in Coleraine and the statue will show Harry in a diving position, saving a goal.

Cllr Sam Cole said that while Harry Gregg had been a boyhood hero of his, he did wonder if Coleraine was in danger of having too many statues.

Referring to the fact that the Diamond already has a statue of Bertie Peacock, Cllr Cole asked: “Where do we draw the line?”

Planning representative Shane Mathers said: “I don’t think Harry Gregg will be competing with Bertie Peacock” but added that if Council were inundated with requests for statues in the Diamond then “you might say enough is enough”.

Hero.   photo:Derek Simpson

Hero. photo:Derek Simpson

Members of the Planning committee then voted to approve the plan.