Len Goodman is be honoured with a statue.

Len Goodman will be immortalised with a statue in Dartford

Len Goodman will be immortalised with a statue in Dartford

The 'Strictly Come Dancing' and 'Dancing with the Stars' legend - who died last year, aged 78, following a battle with cancer - looks set to get a permanent tribute in Dartford in Kent, South East England, the home of The Goodman Dance Academy.

There is a budget of £25,000 for the touching art that intends to be placed in the centre in a bid to attract people to the town.

His son James Goodman said: “My dad always had positives things to say about the area so it would be fitting to honour him in this way.”

A Dartford council spokesman told The Sun: “Having enriched so many lives, it’s important that a fitting tribute is created in Mr Goodman’s memory.

"We appreciate everything that he has done and hope that people will continue to be inspired upon seeing the tribute.”

Tributes poured out from his co-stars, including 'Strictly' host Claudia Winkleman, when the dancing hero passed away.

The 52-year-old presenter said on Twitter: "I’m so sad about Len. He was one of a kind, a brilliant and kind man. Full of twinkle, warmth and wit. Sending all love to his family and friends. X."

Fellow judge Craig Revel Horwood, 59, wrote: "I’ve just woken up to the sad news that my gorgeous colleague and dear friend Len Goodman has passed away.

"My heart and love go out to his lovely Sue and family. Len Goody Goodman is what I always called him and ‘It’s a ten from Len seveeeeern’ will live with me forever. RIP Len. (sic)"

Former 'Strictly' pro Brendan Cole, 47, offered his own tribute, telling ‘This Morning’: "I think it's sad for the entire nation and of course for his children and grandchildren. Obviously, he's only just retired to spend more time with his grandchildren and we've sadly lost him.

"As a personality, Len was massive, not just as a TV judge but as a person. A lovely man, with a bite, which I love. It's very sad. It's a part of TV history, the ultimate judge, he knew exactly what to say.”