Towering comedy genius where he belongs

Charlie Cairoli's statue has been unveiled at it's new home in Blackpool Tower. Pictured with his dad's statue is Charlie Cairoli Jnr.
Charlie Cairoli's statue has been unveiled at it's new home in Blackpool Tower. Pictured with his dad's statue is Charlie Cairoli Jnr.
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That was the overwhelming view today after a statue of Blackpool’s most famous clown Charlie Cairoli was unveiled at its new home in Blackpool Tower.

The figure was originally placed in Stanley Park but there was outcry earlier this year after it became a target for vandals.

Charlie Cairoli's statue has been unveiled at it's new home in Blackpool Tower. Pictured with his dad's statue is Charlie Cairoli Jnr.

Charlie Cairoli's statue has been unveiled at it's new home in Blackpool Tower. Pictured with his dad's statue is Charlie Cairoli Jnr.

Calls were made for it to be relocated to a safer place, and now the statue has been put on display between levels five and six in The Tower.

Charlie Cairoli Jr carried out the official unveiling of the tribute to his father who starred in the Tower Circus for 40 consecutive years between the 1930s and 1970s.

Mr Cairoli Jr said: “The idea was lovely to have the statue in the park and a lot of people went to see it.

“But it did become a target for vandals which was very sad.

“So then people said because he had performed so many years at The Tower, this was the right place and the statue will certainly be a lot safer here.

“I am delighted with it.”

The figure has been refurbished by its original creator, local artist Brian Nicholson, and mounted in a special alcove which includes information boards.

Tower manager Kate Shane said: “We are pleased and proud Charlie has come home.

“He is the most famous clown of the last 100 years, and it’s great people can come and see him here at The Tower as well as our resident clowns Mooky and Mr Boo.”

The statue was originally placed in the Rose Garden at Stanley Park in April this year but in just weeks it was damaged.

Later the same month the right hand of the statue was damaged.

Coun Graham Cain, cabinet member for tourism and leisure on Blackpool Council, said: “I know people have had different views on where the statue should be located.

“The most important thing is that it can be viewed by residents and visitors alike and is safe from vandalism.

“I think we’ve found the perfect home for it at The Tower and I am sure lots of people will enjoy having their photo taken with the famous Charlie Cairoli.”

Residents and visitors have also welcomed the new location, which is in part of The Tower that is free to access.

Frank Smithson, who lives near Stanley Park, and who started a petition for the statue to be moved following the vandalism, said: “I am very pleased with the outcome because this is a free area that people can access, and they can also have their photograph taken with Charlie.”

Visitor James Masson, from Shropshire, said: “I think it looks brilliant.

“It’s a very nice tribute and there is information as well to tell you about the history of Charlie Cairoli.”

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