A statue of cricket legend Freddie Trueman looks set to be placed in Skipton’s Canal Basin, and not outside the town hall as originally planned.

The life-sized £90,000 bronze of the Yorkshire and England cricketer will be erected on land given by Craven District Council.

The Freddie Trueman Statue Appeal was set up in 2007 by Northern Rail, the council and Fred’s widow, Veronica.

The statue is by sculptor Graham Ibbeson, who also created the bronze of Eric Morecambe in the Lancashire comic’s seaside home town.

Jim Cadman, chairman of the Fred Trueman Statue Appeal, said the Canal Basin site was its preferred site.

He said: “We believe it is a wonderful setting for the statue.”

Fred Trueman had lived near Gargrave since 1970 and died in 2006 at the age of 75.