A HUGE statue of Alan Shearer has arrived at St James’ Park ahead of its official unveiling.
The eagerly anticipated model of the Newcastle United legend even has its own temporary CCTV camera watching over it.
The 46-year-old former striker is expected to turn up to see the sculpture, which stands at an impressive 9ft tall, unveiled next week.
Toon fans will gather outside the stadium on Monday September 12 to witness the big reveal of the figure designed by local artist Tom Maley of nearby Morpeth, Northumberland.
The long-awaited tribute to The Sun columnist Shearer, who retired in 2006, has been in the works since former Newcastle United chairman Freddy Shepherd commissioned the statue, which cost six-figures, in 2007.
Dubbed “Local Hero” the bronze statue immortalises his iconic goal celebration and will take pride of place outside the stadium where St James’ Park meets Barrack Road.
An onlooker said: “Even though it is still under the cover, you can tell that is is Shearer because of the distinctive celebration pose.
“Lots of people have been turning up to take pictures. It will be an impressive site when it is unveiled.”
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Sharing a photo of the statue on Twitter, Steve Race says that Shearer should have been “wrapped up like this when he was playing” as Newcastle “could’ve got three more seasons out of him.”
David Paterson jokes that the statue could in fact be “Shola Ameobi” as he “used to celebrate” in a similar way.