A new 9ft high bronze statue of the late British comedian Tommy Cooper is to be unveiled in the anarchic magicians place of birth, Caerphilly in Wales. The organisers had asked the renowned Welsh actor Sir Anthony Hopkins to send some suitable words for the occasion knowing that he has been a lifelong Tommy Cooper fan who became patron of the Tommy Cooper Society last year and who often drops into a very passable Cooper impression at the drop of a hat (probably Tommy’s trademark fez).
Instead Sir Anthony indicated that he would be delighted to unveil the statue in person. The statue completion and unveiling is likely to coincide with the actor’s 70th birthday for which Sir Anthony had already talked of holding a celebration in his own birthplace Port Talbot.
Update: The unveiling happened on 23/2/08 and yes Sir Anthony did his best TC impressions.