Tribute to Comedy icon unveiled in Timperley

Lib Dem Councillor Neil Taylor with the statue of Frank Sidebottom
Lib Dem Councillor Neil Taylor with the statue of Frank Sidebottom

Hundreds turned up to witness the unveiling of a statue to comedy icon Frank Sidebottom, in his hometown of Timperley.

Frank Sidebottom, the creation of musician and comedian Chris Sievey, is perhaps best known for his TV appearances throughout the years. Over the course of his career he has appeared regularly on Granada, Channel 4, and Channel M.

In addition to this, he also had some success in the nineties with his own TV show, which was called Frank Sidebottom’s Fantastic Shed Show.

Neil Taylor, the Lib Dem Councillor for Timperley, who helped raise donations for the statue, explained the origins of the statue: ‘a group of us were deciding in what way we could make a memorial for Chris; so we decided to create a Frank Sidebottom statue in his hometown of Timperley’.

He also stressed the effort of Frank’s fans in fundraising for the statue, stating, ‘one of the really special things is that every penny has been raised by fans, for fans. No money has been taken from the public purse, or from lottery grants.’

At the unveiling there was a tribute to Frank’s music, supplied by a brass band, and plenty of homemade costumes on display. Many adults brought their children to witness the unveiling, demonstrating a true sense of community support in favour of the statue.

Badly Drawn Boy, Damon Gough paying tribute to his friend, Chris Sievey.
Badly Drawn Boy, Damon Gough paying tribute to his friend, Chris Sievey.

Collections were also made during the event for the cancer charity Marie Curie, with many of the visitors donating their money to the cause.

Next year actor Michael Fassbender is set to star in a film based on the character of Frank Sidebottom, which is to be entitled Frank. Irish filmmaker Lenny Abramhamsom will direct.

Written By Jack Yarwood
Twitter: www.twitter.com/JackGYarwood

 

  

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