Film Company's Tribute to Beattie
Tuesday, 21st May 2019 15:42
Friday’s gala night in memory of Kevin Beattie featured a specially-made short film about the Blues legend and the statue, upon which work is set to begin imminently, made by Punch Films UK.
Town supporters and TWTDers Kevan and Robert Collins, who run Diss-based Punch Films UK, made the film, which features Beattie’s daughter Emma and sculptor Sean Hedges-Quinn among others.
"Being Ipswich fans we wanted to do a little more than make a financial contribution and we felt we could do that by making a film about the work that goes into the statue and the thought processes behind it, and also that it would be nice to have some thoughts from the family and on the love towards The Beat,” Kevan said.
“After meeting with Sean Hedges-Quinn it became even more apparent the size of the task. From its idea to completion it’s huge, it’s colossal!
“We hope that people will take the time to watch this short film and if they haven’t yet made a donation then go to the Go Fund Me website and give a little something. However small or big it will be appreciated.
“The Beat loved us fans and now we have the chance to show him how much we loved him. My late father introduced me to Portman Road and my earliest memories go back to even before the Kevin Beattie era.
“My dad’s final match at Portman Road was in 2000 when we we drew 1-1 with Manchester United in our first home Premier League match after promotion, a great and memorable evening.
“But the most memorable part for me was the attention given to my father by The Beat before the match started. I still have that signed programme framed and hanging on my wall.”
Led by the EADT and Ipswich Star in conjunction with BBC Radio Suffolk and TWTD, The Beat Goes On was launched on December 18th last year on what would have been Beattie’s 65th birthday.
The current target is £110,000, although it is hoped that figure will be reduced as the campaign progresses. The total has now reached £80,000 which allows Hedges-Quinn, known as Coach, to be formally commissioned to start work.
Other events coming up over the summer include screenings of Escape to Victory at Greshams on June 12th and 13th where Osman, John Wark, Laurie Sivell and Kevin O’Callaghan will be telling stories from the film in which Beattie was Michael Caine’s body double.
There is also the night of Proper Comedy at Portman Road on Friday 31st May.
You can make a donation online via the Go Fund Me page or send a cheque made payable to ‘The Beat Goes On’ to Kevin Beattie Statue Appeal, EADT, Portman House, 120 Princes Street, Ipswich, IP1 1RS.
There are also collection buckets at reception at the EADT’s offices and at BBC Radio Suffolk.
Photo: TWTD Film: Punch Films UK
Please report offensive, libellous or inappropriate posts by using the links provided.
You need to login in order to post your comments
Blogs 269 bloggers
Stick With It by Moggasknockdown
Last season, following our most recent derby day disappointment, a late Monday afternoon discussion in the office had prompted a colleague to wonder what he might say to Marcus Evans if he were stuck in a lift with him.
The Beat One Year On by ElephantintheRoom
Kevin Beattie died in September last year. He is by some distance the most popular player in the club’s history. Any poll on Town’s greatest player will be won at a canter by Beattie. He’s destined to be the first player to have a statue in his honour (if the somewhat radical design doesn’t make it look like he’s slipped off his pedestal).
Does the NFL Point to Football’s Future? by ElephantintheRoom
We live in strange times. Town’s embarrassing embarrassment of recent Premier League and Championship play-off bogeymen Bolton Wanderers highlighted the massive financial and ethical problems now facing football, eloquently discussed in the recent blog by Stowmarket.
Hello Old Friend - AFC Wimbledon Home Preview by portmantales
AFC Wimbledon make their first ever trip down to Portman Road in their current guise tonight on the back of the greatest escape in their club’s short history.
Football's Financial Crisis by Stowmarket
I have been watching English football for over 40 years, from top-tier to non-league. In that time it has faced many low points, including mass hooliganism and stadium deaths in tragedies such as Hillsborough and Valley Parade.
Ipswich Town Polls
[ Vote here ]