A date with Dawson

Les's statue to be unveiled in October

A statue of Les Dawson will be unveiled on the seafront in the Lancashire resort of Lytham St Annes in October.

The £60,000 tribute will take pride of place in a new ‘garden of fame’ from October 24, provided the local council grants planning permission.

Created by Graham Ibbeson, the sculptor behind Eric Morecambe’s famous seafront statue, it will stand more than 6ft tall, even though Les himself was only 5ft 4in.

Jim Cadman, chairman of the fundraising committee, told the Blackpool Gazette: ‘It is a magnificent piece of work. It is so lifelike.’

Though born in Manchester, Dawson lived in Lytham St Annes in the Eighties and early Nineties.

Published: 6 Aug 2008

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