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London council approves Amy Winehouse statue plans

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May 13, 2013 | 1:32pm EDT

Plans to erect a statue of Amy Winehouse in north London have officially been given the go-ahead by local authorities, who initially raised concerns about the project. The tragic singer's father, Mitch, previously revealed he was working on having a sculpture of his daughter installed in Camden, where she lived after shooting to fame, and he wanted to unveil the tribute next year (Sep14), on what would have been Amy's 31st birthday. Supporters of the project faced opposition from members of the Camden Town Conservation Authority, amid fears the artwork, by artist Scott Eaton, would attract crowds to gather in the street. However, during a meeting last week (ends10May13), Camden Council officials approved plans to place the statue on a balcony at the town's Roundhouse venue after Mitch agreed the sculpture would not be lit up at night. The Back to Black hitmaker, who died in 2011, is also set for two other posthumous honours - she will be the subject of a special exhibition at the Jewish Museum in London from July (13), while she will be awarded the first 'star' on London's Music Walk of Fame this September (13) to mark what would have been her 30th birthday.

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