Roll out Carpet for award

The Comedy Carpet and (below) Coun Graham Cain.

The Comedy Carpet and (below) Coun Graham Cain.

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BLACKPOOL’S eye-catching Comedy Carpet could soon have a new catchphrase of its own: Did you hear the one about the award winning attraction?

The landmark opposite Blackpool Tower, which features jokes and catchphrases, has been shortlisted for the prestigious Marsh Award for Excellence in Public Sculpture.

Coun Graham Cain

Coun Graham Cain

Already feted earlier this year with a Blackpool Civic Trust award recognising “the quality, technical excellence, relevance and iconic nature of the work”, this latest accolade sees the attraction, created by Gordon Young, being acknowledged on a national scale.

The carpet is up against seven other major works of art including a 7ft 6in statue of Michael Jackson commissioned by former Harrods owner Mohamed Al-Fayed at Fulham Football Club, London.

The winner will be announced on Tuesday, November 6 by the Duke of Gloucester.

Coun Graham Cain, cabinet member for tourism and culture for Blackpool Council, said: “This is yet another time where the Comedy Carpet has been in the running for a prestigious arts award, and I can completely understand why it is so well thought of.

“It is a fantastic accolade that the town’s cultural offer is continually being recognised by judges who travel all over the country studying art and sculpture.

“The importance of receiving this national recognition is more than just a pat on the back however. It helps to spread the message of the town’s regeneration across the UK, and will enable us to boost our visitor figures in the future.”

Natalie Wyatt, managing director of Marketing Blackpool, said: “I’ve just driven past the Comedy Carpet and it was packed with families looking down and laughing at the punch lines and catchphrases.

“That is a measure of its success as an attraction in Blackpool that offers something very different – and it is free.

“The public has already voted it a success.”

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