CRACKING up with laughter is one thing.
But now there are fears parts of Blackpool’s £4m Comedy Carpet are cracking up in an altogether less welcome way.
Fissures have appeared on some of the slabs of the £4m artwork which was officially unveiled last October.
But claims the damage has been caused by recent concerts held on the Tower Festival Headland were today denied by the council.
Bosses say the cracks have been there since last year, and the manufacturers have been made aware of the problem as part of the snagging process.
Assistant chief executive for regeneration, tourism and culture at Blackpool Council Alan Cavill said: “It’s great people want to look after the Comedy Carpet – and so do we.
“But all of these faults had already been reported to the manufacturers and they are considering what remediation work they can do.
“In terms of the events, the carpet was protected at all times in terms of the seating and from traffic.
“We will assess the surface damage to the carpet on regular occasions and there is a system in place to polish out scratches associated with normal wear and tear.”
However one reader told The Gazette: “I say no more concerts. It is such a shame to see it getting damaged in this way.”
Tourists enjoying the Comedy Carpet said they had not noticed much damage.
Pat Stringer, from Manchester, said: “I think the Comedy Carpet is absolutely wonderful.
“I haven’t noticed any cracks on it but I hope the council looks after it and doesn’t allow it to get damaged.”
The sections which make up the carpet were cast in hard-wearing granite shipped in from India, before being laid onto a concrete foundation which was built on the headland in order to make the artwork as hard-wearing as possible.
A spokeswoman for The Comedy Carpet Company, which created the artwork, said they would be investigating the matter further.