Today (15 November), a sculpture of the legendary voice of rugby Bill McLaren, was unveiled at Murrayfield the home of Scottish Rugby.
The bust was revealed – sporting Bill’s trademark tartan scarf - in the presence of members of Bill’s family, SRU president Donald Macleod and current and past Scotland players.
The bronze figure now proudly takes its place in the main reception of Scottish Rugby, visible to those both inside and outside the building.
Upon revealing the statue, Macleod spoke highly of McLaren and his career. He said: “Bill wasn’t just the voice of Scottish Rugby, he was the voice of rugby worldwide, a true legend and craftsman of modern broadcasting. This sculpture is a tribute to his work.”
The sculptor, Angela Hunter from Innerleithen, was not only the creative hand behind the statue, she was also an example of Bill’s legacy and his influence on rugby fans worldwide. She said: “Bill made rugby matches entertaining and provided knowledge to those who were sometimes slightly ignorant to the rules of the game, like myself at times.
“I have always been a massive fan of Bill’s work as he seemed so passionate about what he did.
“I created the sculpture as I believe I was doing the great man justice and am overwhelmed that the piece will now be displayed in its rightful home, Murrayfield.”
Linda Lawson, Bill’s daughter (pictured above), was extremely humbled that her dad’s presence will forever grace the great stadium where he spent most of his working life. She said: “The family are really excited as well as honoured to have the bust at Murrayfield. I would have loved to have seen what dad thought of it, I know he would have been delighted.
“The positioning of the sculpture will allow dad to be the first to welcome people into Murrayfield as well as cast an eye over the future talent that will float in and out the doors.
“Dad contributed so much to rugby worldwide and it’s a credit to his work that this marvellous sculpture has been carved in his name and legacy.”