Memorial statue for comedian Bobby Ball proposed for Lowther Gardens

A statue of the late, great Bobby Ball could be built in the green gardens of the Lytham theatre he dedicated many years to supporting.

Wednesday, 25th November 2020, 3:45 pm
Updated Friday, 27th November 2020, 9:31 am
Bobby Ball, left, in his heyday

A notice of motion for the memorial statue to be erected in Lowther Gardens, outside the Lowther Pavilion, has been put forward for consideration by Fylde Council. Councillors will discuss the proposals at a full council meeting on December 7.

Bobby, who, with his comedy partner Tommy Cannon, found fame as Cannon and Ball, died on October 28 shortly after being diagnosed with Covid-19.

He was a patron of Lowther Pavilion and had performed there many times, including the staging of the first play he wrote, ‘Rock Off Tommy’, seven years ago.

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Tim Lince, chairman of Lowther Gardens Trust, said: “The Trust 100 per cent supports what has been suggested. Bobby, for the Lowther, was more than just a local comedian. He was a great supporter and helped us fund-raise.

“I was with him just a week before he went into hospital and we were chatting about the demise of the pantomime this Christmas and the fact that Cannon and Ball were going to do a show for us to support us.

“He wasn’t just supportive of the professional acts, but the amateur groups as well. He was a real community player and he would often drop in with his mischievous laugh coming down the corridor.

“He is a great, great loss to the Lowther. The volunteers, the staff and everyone else would like to see something done to honour his memory.

“This area of the coast has done so much for British showbusiness, going all the way back to George Formby, and I think it’s very important to remember what they have done for us.”