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According to Mr Esler, the Invercargill March is possibly the best advertisement the city has ever had, as the work is still a hit with brass bands around the world.
The statue will be formally unveiled next to Invercargill’s Civic Theatre next month, after more than two years of discussions and fundraising.
Alexander Frame Lithgow was born in Glasgow but grew up in Invercargill, before moving to Launceston, in Tasmania, where he wrote the Invercargill March in 1901, in tribute to the town where he grew up.