He said “This means everything to me. I couldn’t be more over the moon."
He hadn’t seen the finished statue before the cover was pulled off and his first reaction was: “Wow, I’m gobsmacked.”
Nick was helped in the unveiling ceremony by Preston Mayor Coun Javed Iqbal who said later: “Preston is very proud of Nick and the statue is absolutely wonderful.
“We have given it pride of place in front of the Market Hall and, when the new cinema complex is competed in a couple of years, this will be be a real focal point in the city centre.
He described the statue as “superb” and added: “It’s a sculpture, a bench, a piece of modern art that will bring a smile and joy to all who gaze at it or sit upon it.