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MEMORIAL FUND HITS pounds 25,000; Dewar statue is on track.

THE DAILY Record's pounds 30,000 appeal to fund a statue in memory of Donald Dewar is just pounds 5000 short of its target.

A pounds 5000 donation was pledged at the weekend by prominent Scots businessman Brian Dempsey.

His generosity means that the Record has raised pounds 25,000 in less than a week.

Dempsey is the latest high-profile Scot to make a personal donation to the fund designed to honour Mr Dewar's memory by creating a bronze statue.

The fund was started with pounds 5000 from tycoon John Boyle, the former travel company chief who now owns Motherwell FC.

We matched this with our own donation of pounds 5000, which was followed by another pounds 5000 from Tom Hunter, who made his personal fortune through the Sports Division chain.

Another tycoon, mobile phones magnate Richard Emmanuel, pledged a similar amount on Saturday.

Leaders at Glasgow City Council have already given their backing for a tribute to Mr Dewar and, once enough money is raised, we will set about selecting a sculptor and a suitable location.

Many of the hundreds of readers who have contacted our offices to offer their support agree that somewhere in Mr Dewar's home city would be most fitting.
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Publication:Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Nov 13, 2000
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