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Big Yin appears larger than life for Comic Relief

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​Statues of celebrities appear across the UK ahead of this year's Red Nose Day

Billy’s Connolly’s iconic frame made an appearance on the banks of the River Clyde in Glasgow in his quest to raise money for Red Nose Day.

The Big Yin joined other celebrity statues this week at locations across the UK to promote the launch of this year's Comic Relief fundraiser,

His statue will appear at Braehead Shopping Centre from 12 February, where locals can tap credit and debit cards on the pocket of Billy to donate £1 to Comic Relief via contactless technology.

Donors can even snap a celebrity selfie to share with friends using #RNDStatues.

I’ve run around Piccadilly Circus naked and visited projects in Africa but they've never asked me to stand still - Billy Connolly

The comedian said: "I’ve been supporting Comic Relief for many years and to have a statue made of me is truly an honour. I’ve run around Piccadilly Circus naked and visited projects in Africa but they’ve never asked me to stand still and be quiet before!"

Billy Connolly is one of 10 featured celebrities who’ve donated their time and talent to help Comic Relief over the years.

The donation statues are the invention of Comic Relief co-founder Richard Curtis, who has collaborated with many of the nation’s favourite comedy stars over the years.

Richard said: "Since the beginning of Comic Relief I’ve asked hundreds of exceptionally talented and generous comedians to do strange things to raise money and this might be the oddest request yet.

"Huge thanks to all ten who agreed to let us turn them into a statue. As well as perfect selfie opportunities, just a simple tap on the pocket with a contactless card will give a £1 donation to help incredibly vulnerable people in the UK and across Africa. We’ve come a long way in fundraising since 1988!"

The money raised by the statues will be spent by Comic Relief right here in the UK, and across Africa, helping vulnerable and disadvantaged people to turn their lives around.

This year's Red Nose Day is on 13 March.



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