Hizzy statue unveiled on Isle of Man

THE FIRST of two statues to commemorate racing ace Steve Hislop has been unveiled in the Isle of Man.

The statue, which was unveiled at Onchan, was fittingly shown to the public for the first time at the start of TT week.

The late 11-times TT winner lived just yards from The Lookout, Onchan Head where the bronze figure now stands overlooking Douglas Bay.

On the island to witness the event was Steve's mother Margaret along with his two sons Aaron and Connor.

Friends, fans and neighbours had also gathered to witness the emotional ceremony. Many of his fans and friends had raised the money for the bronze statue.

The statue was unveiled by Margaret and six-times TT champion Geoff Duke.

Duke said: "It is a very proud moment. As far as I was concerned Steve Hislop was one of the greatest riders ever to ride on the TT course.

"The TT course is the most difficult, most dangerous circuit in the world and Steve's ability and smoothness around the course was out of this world and on top of that he was a very, very nice man."

The statue is housed in a curved, paved garden area, at the junction of Imperial Terrace and Hague Crescent just above the Summerland complex.

The site also meets with Margaret's request that Steve's statue wasplaced looking out over Douglas Bay. Plaques have also been erected in the garden detailing Hizzy's life and achievements.

Margaret, Aaron, Connor and Mr Duke were presented with framed stamp collections celebrating Yamaha's 50th anniversary at the TT. One of the stamps shows Steve, who won his first TT in 1987, riding a Yamaha.

The statue, is one of a pair, created by renowned Scottish sculptor David Annand.

The other statue will be installed at Wilton Lodge Park and unveiled on October 1.