The Lord Of The Rings actor, who lived in Wigan between the ages of three and 11, will return to the town to unveil the tribute in Believe Square, a public space that opened last year (14) featuring stars celebrating the achievements of celebrities from the local area.

Lord Peter Smith of Wigan Council says, "Sir Ian McKellen is rightly one of this town's most loved sons who has brought the magic of stage and screen to life to so many people around the world."

The actor adds, "I am looking forward to returning to Wigan, which holds so many special memories, for this honour. It will be fascinating to see how the town has developed since 1951, when our family moved to Bolton."