Giant Jeremy Clarkson sculpture appears in Salford

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A gigantic sculpture of Jeremy Clarkson's head had neighbours wondering if they were going round the bend after it mysteriously appeared in a front garden this week.

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The 8ft tall fibreglass creation, complete with Clarkson's penetrating stare and furrowed brow, forced a quiet road in Salford, Manchester to close while it was lifted into the garden belonging to the Alam family.

The bizarre statue 'moved in' after Grand Tour fan Zohaib Alam, 15, entered a contest on behalf of his dad Zaheer, reported the Manchester Evening News.

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The mouthy former Top Gear presenter's signature steely look is captured perfectly in the sculpture

Now the huge sculpture, one of only three in the country, will remain in place on a wooden plinth in their small front garden as a publicity stunt for the next fortnight.

Fans of the Amazon Prime show had to tweet a hashtag to its Twitter profile for a chance to win either Clarkson, James May or Richard Hammond's head, alongside a photograph of their garden.

The huge busts of the three presenters have been spotted in transit around the world.

Quite how Clarkson, 56, will go down in Salford however remains to be seen, as he branded the city 'a small suburb with a Starbucks and a canal with ducks on it' in 2011 over the BBC's move to MediaCity.

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Zohaib Alam, 15, meets 'Jeremy' for the first time outside his home in Salford

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Zohaib was dwarfed by the sheer size of Jeremy Clarkson's head

His critical comments were widely attacked, with the then council leader saying his opinions made him 'look like a slightly more sophisticated version of Alf Garnett'.

Zohaib, who lives with his parents and two sisters, said the sculpture has raised eyebrows on the street.

The Swinton High School pupil said: "My dad loves the show and I love those types of programme too.

"I tweeted the show after I saw the competition and suddenly I got a tweet back to ask if our front garden was big enough for Jeremy Clarkson's head.

"I know Jeremy Clarkson has got a big head but we said it would fit after we found out the dimensions. It was amazing when we found out that we had won. It's the first time we've won anything.

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The giant Jeremy Clarkson Head en route to the Alam home

"Everyone came out of their houses when it was delivered. It was a bit awkward and people were taking photographs, but it's only a bit of fun.

"I think the idea is that the heads will move around from place to place. Everyone on the street is talking about us and the statue and we want to thank them for their patience."

The head was photographed on the M5 motorway just outside Birmingham on its way to Salford on Saturday.

Not all residents on the street however are overjoyed at their unusual new neighbour. One said: "It's a bit of a tacky monstrosity but I guess we'll have to live with it."

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The real Jeremy Clarkson out and about in sunny Australia

The BBC's flagship show Top Gear ended with Clarkson, May and Hammond as its presenters in March 2015 after Clarkson was famously sacked for punching a TV producer while filming on location.

The trio reformed to launch the big-budget The Grand Tour on Amazon Prime Video.

Top Gear returns on BBC Two in March with presenters Matt LeBlanc, Chris Harris and Rory Reid after Chris Evans stood down following the first series.


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