ONE of Blackpool’s favourite entertainers is set to be honoured with a statue in Stanley Park.
A six-foot replica of clown Charlie Cairoli is to take centre stage in the attraction’s Rose Garden.
During his career, Charlie broke the record for the most performances at the same venue after appearing at the Tower Circus for 40 consecutive years between the 1930s and 1970s.
Now he is set to raise a smile once more among visitors to the park.
Artist Brian Nicholson has created the fibreglass statue which will be set on a stone plinth.
Elaine Smith, chairman of the Friends of Stanley Park, said: “We’ve been working on this statue for the last six years and we are thrilled to see the finished version.
“It’s definitely been worth all the hard work.
“When I first went to see it I was tickled pink. The statue looks fabulous and is a great likeness to Charlie himself.
“When he’s placed there Charlie will look great in the Rose Garden, it’s a wonderful tribute to him.”
Charlie was born in Italy but made Blackpool his home up until his death in 1980.
Blackpool Council has submitted a planning application for the scheme and if it is approved, it is proposed to begin working on installing it straight away.
Coun Graham Cain, cabinet member for tourism and culture on Blackpool Council, said: “I’m delighted that we’re so close to properly commemorating one of Blackpool’s true legends with a permanent statue that will live on for years to come.
“A lot of background work has gone on to make this happen so that the stories of Charlie Cairoli can live on in Stanley Park.
“When it is installed, the statue will be a fantastic asset to the town and a fitting tribute to one of Blackpool’s most famous entertainers.
“It will also be a fantastic addition to the rose gardens.”