Drum roll for Charlie’s final bow

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Blackpool funnyman Charlie Cairoli is set to make one final, and eternal, appearance at Stanley Park this weekend.

A statue honouring the seaside entertainer will be unveiled at the park’s rose gardens on Sunday afternoon.

It is a six-foot high fibreglass statue designed and made by artist Brian Nicholson and it is sponsored and funded by construction firm Balfour Beatty.

During his career, the clown 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.

Coun Graham Cain, Blackpool Council cabinet member for Tourism and Culture, said: “This statue is a fitting tribute to a man who has made Blackpool the entertainment capital that it is today.

“Charlie is as synonymous with the town as anybody else, and his shows brought fun and laughter to tourists for many years. It’s only right that he should be given a permanent monument for the town to remember him and I’m happy that we have been able to find him a fitting home in the rose gardens that he loved so much.”

Charlie’s son, Charlie Cairoli Jnr, said: “My dad used to love the all flowers and the roses. The rose garden in the park is a really nice setting; it’s even in the shape of a circus ring. It’s been set up so that my dad’s statue can still face towards the tower too, which is a nice touch.”

The unveiling is at 2pm.

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