Statue of Amy Winehouse unveiled in London


A statue in memory of Amy Winehouse has been unveiled in London.

The bronze sculpture showcases the star’s signature beehive hairstyle, star of David necklace and a red rose in her hair.

The memorial was placed in the Stables Market in Camden to commemorate the Back to Black singer, who died three years ago of alcohol poisoning aged 27.

Fans from all over the world gathered to see actress Barbara Windsor unveil the statue yesterday, on what would have been Ms Winehouse’s 31st birthday.

Ms Windsor, who is a patron of the Amy Winehouse Foundation, said: "I've been in this business for 66 years now and I've had many honours throughout my career, but this is the greatest honour.

"I was one of the fortunate people who got to know Amy in the last few years of her too short life.

“Not only was she one of the greatest talents that this country has ever produced, she was a warm, lovely kind and fun lady.

“She was what we call in our business a superb bird, that's what she was. Amy loved Camden with a passion and Camden loved her so it's only right her presence should remain here."

The singer’s father Mitch Winehouse was very involved in the design and pushed for it to be placed in Camden, where his daughter had lived.

He said: "It's a day of incredibly mixed emotions. They don't put statues up for people who are with us anymore so it reinforces the fact that physically she's gone but spiritually she'll never leave us.

“I feel sad, very, very sad. We shouldn't be here but we are, this is the reality and we've just got to make the most of it.

“So this statue is part of making the most of it.

“Getting people to come here, spend some time with Amy and put a flower in her hair and remember her in a very positive way. That for me is wonderful."

He said he would be visiting the statue all the time.

Ms Winehouse's mother Janis had said she was pleased with the stature, despite feeling it was very soon after her daughter’s death to have such a memorial erected.

She said: “You can see that it's Amy. Camden is Amy's place, it's where she belongs."

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