The vandalism-hit statue of legendary Blackpool clown Charlie Cairoli is on the move.
The fibreglass monument was removed from Stanley Park over the weekend and, once it is repaired, will be positioned in a new home inside Blackpool Tower – where Charlie performed for many years.
The statue was unveiled in the park’s Rose Garden in April, but was damaged by vandals within weeks.
This has led to a flurry of calls and letters to The Gazette from readers demanding it be moved.
Coun Graham Cain, cabinet member for tourism and leisure at Blackpool Council, said: “We’re disappointed to have had to move it. However, we’re extremely happy it will be at Blackpool Tower and I’m sure it will look fantastic once it’s in place.”
The council says an image of the entertainer will be carved into the stone where the statue stood in the park.
Kate Shane, general manager of Blackpool Tower, said: “There is a lot of history of British circus at Blackpool Tower, and Charlie Cairoli is one of the most famous clowns to have performed here.
“We are proud the statue is going to be at The Tower.”
The statue will be placed in one of the free areas of The Tower, hopefully within a few weeks.
The news was broken to the Friends of Stanley Park at its meeting on Saturday.
Chairman Elaine Smith said: “As a group we requested the statue should be moved to prevent any further damage. “We’ve chosen the perfect location in The Tower where we know hundreds of thousands of people will see it every year.”