Vandals attack Charlie’s statue just 10 days on

Elaine Smith, president of the Friends of Stanley Park group, stands next to the statue.

Elaine Smith, president of the Friends of Stanley Park group, stands next to the statue.

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Vandals have damaged the statue of a legendary Blackpool performer – just 10 days after it was put in place at Stanley Park.

The tribute to the former Tower Circus clown Charlie Cairoli was found broken and crudely carved with initials.

A bucket in the clown’s hand was scratched and left with a broken handle, much to the dismay of his friends and supporters of the tribute situated in the Rose Garden.

Elaine Smith, Friends of Stanley Park chairman, said: “It’s sickening it’s happening, but at least it’s not on the Promenade because there’s not enough protection for it there.

“The family were so thrilled with where it is because the Rose Garden was his life and they thought there wasn’t a better spot.

“It’s a great shame and I did think the first thing which would come to grief would be the buckets because they are so vulnerable.”

Coun Tony Williams, ward councillor for Anchorsholme, knows the family.

He added: “Every statue is liable to mindless vandalism.

“Anything of art or beauty is a target for these mindless people and I hope the police catch them and they get the full effect of the law.”

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Council labels damage ‘appalling’

Coun Graham Cain, cabinet member for Tourism and Culture, said: “We are aware that an appalling act of vandalism has occurred overnight on the fibreglass frame of the Charlie Cairoli statue.

“We have worked closely and swiftly with the artist Brian Nicholson to repair the statue back to a high standard and I would like to thank him for that.

“Although the damage was fairly small, the nature of the act is despicable, idiotic and completely unacceptable.”

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