Camden memorial for Amy Winehouse

A life-size statue of singer Amy Winehouse will be unveiled in the heart of the London neighbourhood she called home.

The bronze, which shows the Back To Black singer complete with her trademark beehive hairdo and standing with her hand on her hip, will be unveiled on September 14, which would have been her birthday.

Amy, who fought a public battle with drink and drugs, was found dead aged 27 at her home in the capital in 2011.

Her family set up the Amy Winehouse Foundation to help young people with problems including addiction.

The original plan was for the statue to be placed in the Roundhouse music venue in Camden Town, north London, but it will now be in the nearby Stables Market.

Her father Mitch Winehouse said: "The Roundhouse would have been great as Amy and the Foundation have a great affinity with the venue, but it would not always have been accessible for fans, we wanted people to be able to see it, touch and interact.

"Now Amy will oversee the comings and goings of her home town forever.

"Amy was in love with Camden and it is the place her fans from all over the world associate her with. The family have always been keen to have a memorial for her in the place she loved the most, which will provide fans a place to visit and attract people to the area."

The statue, made by sculptor Scott Eaton, will be unveiled by the singer's family and friends.

An exhibition about the star's life was held in the Jewish Museum in Camden Town last year which allowed fans to see clothes, records and dozens of photographs belonging to her and her family.

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