Sculptor's joy

SCULPTOR Sean Hedges Quinn, the man who cast Sir Bobby in bronze may pass the knight's name to his newborn – if it's a girl.Mr Hedges-Quinn, better known as Coach, was called onto the stage by Sir Bobby to take a much-deserved bow.

SCULPTOR Sean Hedges Quinn, the man who cast Sir Bobby in bronze may pass the knight's name to his newborn – if it's a girl.

Mr Hedges-Quinn, better known as Coach, was called onto the stage by Sir Bobby to take a much-deserved bow.

Ipswich Town fanatic Coach had worried about attending the ceremony as heavily-pregnant wife Hayley is due to give birth at any time.

And speaking after his great honour, Coach said jokingly: "I like Bobby for a girl, but not for a boy – that would be way too corny."

He admitted being close to tears as he stood before the applauding crowd. He said: "All my brothers and sisters are here with me. My only disappointment is my dad died last year, but I'm sure he's here as well.

"All I want now is for Hayley to break her waters at about four o'clock and it'll be the perfect day."

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Sir Bobby paid tribute to Coach's dedication to his art. He said: "He came to photograph me and measure me.

"He asked to measure my little fingernail and I said: 'What do you need a measurement for, it's half an inch.'

"But he said it wasn't accurate enough for him."

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