A TOWN in Queensland, Australia, is looking forward to unveiling a memorial to the Bee Gees on Valentine’s Day (Thursday).
Redcliffe, in the Moreton Bay Region in South East Queensland, was home to the Manx-born trio after the Gibb family moved from Chorlton in Manchester in 1958.
The only surviving member of the supergroup, Barry Gibb, has been heavily involved in the project and will unveil a life-sized bronze statue of himself and his younger siblings, twin brothers Robin and Maurice, as they were in the late 1950s when the trio were spotted by local radio DJ Bill Gates while performing on the back of a truck at Redcliffe Speedway.
The statue will be located at the entrance to a themed walkway, called Bees Gees Way, overlooking Moreton Bay and the jetty, where the brothers spent their boyhood days fishing and diving for pennies that had dropped from the amusement arcade that once stood on the pier.
Bee Gees Way, which is described as being around 70m long by 10m wide, will chronicle the Gibb brothers’ musical career, while the statue stands at 1.8m and was cast by local sculptor Phillip Piperides
Moreton Bay Region Mayor Allan Sutherland: ‘Redcliffe, is where three young Manx lads were discovered and named the Bee Gees before conquering music charts around the world.
‘The Isle of Man can take the credit for laying the foundations but it is in Redcliffe that the Bee Gees were born.’
He added: ‘The fact that Barry has personally curated the walkway – selecting the photos and penning the stories and captions – makes Bee Gees Way a must-see for any fan of music.
‘Redcliffe holds many dear memories for Barry and he has told me on many occasions he’s looking forward to sharing the opening of Bee Gees Way with fans, family and friends.
‘According to Barry, Redcliffe is the true birthplace of the Bee Gees and it’s a huge honour to welcome him back for this special event.’
The opening of Bee Gees Way coincides with Barry’s Mythology concert tour of Australia and New Zealand.
Redcliffe can reached in 45 minutes from the centre of the Queensland state capital Brisbane and was the site of the first British settlement in the state