THE latest stage of Blackpool’s massive regeneration project will be revealed today when the Comedy Carpet is officially unveiled by comedy legend Ken Dodd.
The carpet, which is built into the Promenade on the Tower Festival Headland at the foot of Blackpool Tower, is one of the largest pieces of public art ever commissioned in the UK.
It is made of granite and concrete and features more than 160,000 individually cut letters detailing the names of more than 1,000 comedians, writers and performers from film, radio, TV and theatre and celebrating their catchphrases, songs and classic jokes.
Coun Graham Cain, Blackpool Council’s cabinet member for tourism and culture, said: “This magnificent work is all part of the continuing regeneration of Blackpool. It’s a truly unique work of accessible public art at one of our resort’s most famous locations.
“We look forward to using the Comedy Carpet as an amazing performance and events space.
“There’s already huge interest in the carpet and I’m looking forward to seeing people enjoy it.”
Artist Gordon Young added: “Blackpool occupies a unique and important place in the social history of Britain.
“Comedy in all its guises is a big part of who we are; it has its own history and a very important place in that history is Blackpool.”