BLACKPOOL’S famous Comedy Carpet has beaten off competition from a 7ft statue of pop legend Michael Jackson to a prestigious sculpture award.
The landmark attraction opposite Blackpool Tower, which features jokes and catchphrases from world famous comedians, has won the prestigious Marsh Award for Excellence in Public Sculpture.
Coun Graham Cain, cabinet member for tourism and culture for Blackpool Council, joined artist Graham Young and his team as they were presented with the award by Prince Richard, Duke of Gloucester during a ceremony in London.
The carpet was joint winner with the Indian Ocean Tsunami Memorial in London by Carmody Groarke.
Coun Cain said: “This is a fantastic accolade both for the Comedy Carpet and the town.
“The Carpet was up against some very strong competition, so I’m really happy that we were able to beat it all and bring home the winning certificate.
“It is a superb piece of sculpture and art which constantly attracts and entertains visitors, and really does lead the cultural offer that we have all across the town, which is finally being recognised nationally.
“This award will help us even further to promote our tourism offer and continue to keep Blackpool at the forefront of visitors’ travel plans for a long time to come.”
The carpet was shortlisted against seven other major works of art including a controversial 7ft 6in statue of Michael Jackson commissioned by former Harrods owner Mohamed Al-Fayed at Fulham Football Club, London.
Founded in 2005, the Marsh Award for Excellence in Public Sculpture is the main award for public sculpture for the UK.