It was a laugh a minute for five-year-old Leon Woodcock-Davis as the wraps came off a tribute to Blackpool funnyman Charlie Cairoli on Sunday.
Stanley Park’s Rose Gardens turned into a sea of umbrellas to watch the unveiling as Saturday’s sunshine gave way to rain.
The Tower Circus clown of 40 years broke world records for the number of performances he made at the venue, and has been immortalised in a fibre glass statue.
The honours were done in the rain by the Mayor of Blackpool, Coun Sylvia Taylor, and the clown’s son, Charlie Cairoli junior.
Mr Cairoli said: “This is beautiful, and I hope it brings more people here to the park, which proves there is more to Blackpool than the promenade.
“On behalf of the Cairolis, who are here today as a family, I would like to say thank you very much everybody who has been involved in this statue. It’s lovely.”
The statue was created by artist Brian Nicholson with support from Blackpool Council, the Friends of Stanley Park and sponsorship from construction firm Balfour Beatty.
Speaking after the unveiling ceremony, Coun Graham Cain, the council’s cabinet member for tourism, said: “It’s an absolute credit that the Cairoli family, everybody involved and the public have turned out in droves despite this unfortunate, inclement weather.
“However I have to say that all the water Charlie got over him, it’s probably him laughing over us. There will be a lot of smiling up there.
“Charlie was synonymous with the town, and the numbers that have turned out, some from all over the country, just shows the respect they had for him.”