Brewery finances Hancock memorial: City honours drink-tragedy comedian
Monday 07 February 1994
Hancock was plagued by problems with alcohol when he died in June 1968 in a hotel room in Sydney. However, he is holding nothing more potent than a cup of tea in the 10ft by 10ft bronze-cast photographic image which Turning Point hopes to site in the middle of Birmingham, the city where he was born in 1924.
The statue was designed by Bruce Williams, whose other works include Kiss Wall on Brighton beach. Perforated with tiny holes, filled with glass tubes, it will reflect light and form rainbow prisms when it rains.
Mr Williams was one of three sculptors who put their proposals for a Hancock memorial before a panel that included Tony's brother, Roger, who described it as 'everybody's perfect image of Tony'.
Councillors have yet to give planning permission for a specific site, but will discuss the issue this week. Fred Chapman, chairman of Birmingham's planning committee, said: 'Recognition of Tony Hancock has a lot of sympathy and support and the statue will certainly have a high profile somewhere in the city centre.'
Simon Livingstone, Turning Point's appeals chairman in the West Midlands, said: 'Tony Hancock died from similar causes to those we are associated with. We want to use this statue as a focal point to raise awareness of the issue.'
The charity hopes to see it unveiled by 12 May, which would have been the comedian's 70th birthday.
- 4 Alex Salmond: 'The rocks would melt with the sun before I'd ever set foot in the House of Lords'
'The Fappening': Rihanna 'nude pictures' claims emerge on 4Chan as hacking scandal continues
Stamford Hill council removes 'unacceptable' posters telling women which side of the road to walk down
Kim Kardashian 'nude pictures' leaked on 4chan weeks after Jennifer Lawrence 'The Fappening' scandal
The Fappening: Jennifer Lawrence leaked 4Chan sex video branded 'fake' by forum users
Hitler’s former food taster reveals the horrors of the Wolf’s Lair
Scottish independence referendum: A nation divided against itself
Scottish referendum results: Cross-party consensus collapses amid Tory-Labour spat on the 'English question'
Scottish independence: David Cameron is becoming the 'George Bush of Britain'
Plebgate MP Andrew Mitchell called officer a 'little s**t', claim court documents 'exposing ex-Chief Whip's 'record of abusing police'
Archbishop of Canterbury admits doubts about existence of God
Hilary Mantel 'should be investigated by police' over Margaret Thatcher assassination story, says Lord Bell
£70000 - £80000 per annum: Ashdown Group: Group Head of Marketing and Communic...
Negotiable: Randstad Education Manchester: Level 3 Nursery Nurse required for ...
Negotiable: Randstad Education Manchester: L3 Nursery Nurses urgently required...
Negotiable: Randstad Education Manchester: We have a number of schools based S...