Book to tell Comedy Carpet story

Blackpool's Comedy Carpet
Blackpool's Comedy Carpet
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THE story behind Blackpool’s Comedy Carpet is to be enshrined in print.

Work has begun on a tome which will record how the public artwork on Blackpool Promenade was conceived and created.

The 200-page book, entitled The Comedy Carpet – Blackpool, will include visuals of artist Gordon Young working on the designs, and will also document the historical background of comedy in the resort.

It is due to be published this autumn by Booth-Clibborn and will be available worldwide.

A spokesman for Why Not Associates, which designed the Comedy Carpet in collaboration with Mr Young, said: “The book is to make sure there is a record of how the Comedy Carpet was conceived and made, and the artistic idea and people behind it.

“It will be a documentation about how the piece came to be made. The book will be very visual and will be available internationally.

“We hope it will continue the high interest there already is in the Comedy Carpet and draw even more people to Blackpool to take a look at it for themselves.”

The Comedy Carpet, which is part of the Tower Festival Headland in front of Blackpool Tower, was officially opened by comic legend Ken Dodd in October 2011.

Work began on the ambitious project in 2006 and was funded through a £4m Government grant.

It features catchphrases from around 1,000 comedians, spanning 100 years and was one of the most complex pieces of public art ever commissioned.

Permission was sought from performers across the globe to use their one-liners, and the lettering was cast in hard-wearing granite shipped in from India.

Much of the craftwork took place in a factory in Hull, before the inscriptions were laid into a concrete foundation built onto the headland.

Workers had to insert 300 panels, each weighing three tonnes, in two phases and the attraction was kept under wraps until its unveiling.

Among the comedians whose words take pride of place in the monument are Morecambe and Wise, Tommy Cooper, and the Fylde’s own Les Dawson.

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