Bill Shankly Memorial

Bill Shankly Memorial Unveiled by Football Legends

Liverpool Football Club legends Alan Kennedy and Roy Evans unveiled a memorial produced in honour of Liverpool’s famous manager, Bill Shankly on Tuesday 2nd September 2014 on what would have been Shankly’s 101st birthday. 

 Representing Liverpool Football Club, Alan and Roy, attended the unveiling event organised by East Ayrshire Leisure, which took place at Muirkirk Heritage Park near Shankly’s birth place of Glenbuck, Scotland.

 The artwork, which was commissioned by East Ayrshire Council and produced by artist John Crosby in conjunction with year 6 and 7 pupils from Muirkirk Primary School, is a vitreous enamel ‘flag’ mounted on a steel frame, comprising of over 100 steel sheet panels with a seat attached, containing a narrative, in images and text, to celebrate the life and achievements of Bill Shankly. It is a memorial to the areas famous son; an ambassador for Muirkirk, hero of Liverpool Football Club, national icon and common man on the 101st anniversary of his birth.

 The Muirkirk Primary School pupils involved in the project learned about Shankly, and attended a Carlisle match to experience first-hand the feeling of what it means to be part of the larger ‘football family.’ They also worked with John Crosby in collaboration with Sid Barlow on the development of the visual imagery for the art work.

Alan Kennedy said: “It was such an honour to attend the unveiling in Muirkirk. Bill was such a great man and he really does merit this recognition so close to his birthplace.”

Roy Evans added: “The artwork is fantastic, the artists involved and the pupils of Muirkirk Primary School have done a great job in capturing the spirit and passion of Bill Shankly and football.” 

The artwork is part of ‘The Artist Work in Public Places’ initiative, which is funded by East Ayrshire Council and managed by East Ayrshire Leisure. It is the fourth of five projects to be created as part of ‘The Artist Work in Public Places’ initiative.