SCULPTOR Andrew Brown has been chosen as the winner of a contest to celebrate a famous Glasgow heroine.

The Remembering Mary Barbour Association chose Mr Brown to create a statue of the Glasgow rent strikes activist at a gala concert in the city last night.

He saw off competition from four other sculptors - Mark Longworth, Kenny Mackay, Roddy McDowall and Morag McLean - who all created miniature maquettes of their entries.

The announcement was made at a fundraising gala at the Old Fruitmarket, attended by a host of Scots celebrities including actress Libby McArthur and comedian Susan Morrison.

Maria Fyfe, Chairwoman of the Remembering Mary Barbour Association, said last night: "When the public in Glasgow saw the designs, there was support for all five of them.

"But the widest support was expressed for the one we announce tonight, and the Remember Mary Barbour Association endorse their choice.

"This sculptor’s intention was to present Mary Barbour, for now and for generations to come, in a way that captures the achievement for which she is best known.

"The day in November 1915, when she led a 20-thousand-strong protest through the streets of Glasgow to the Sheriff Court and won the victory.

"Congratulations to Andrew Brown.”