A walkway built to raise cash for a statue of Caerphilly-born magician Tommy Cooper in the town has been completed.
The finished Tommy Cooper Walk of Fame, which leads from Caerphilly Visitor Centre to the statue at the top of the Twyn car park, will be officially unveiled by council leader Lindsay Whittle on Thursday February 18 at 12 noon.
The walkway has the names of those who helped raise cash for the statue by buying an engraved paver. In total, 196 pavers were bought raising an impressive £5,000 for the Tommy Cooper Society towards the total cost of £45,000.
The Walk of Fame began life on April 1 2005 with the statue eventually being unveiled by Welsh actor Sir Anthony Hopkins in February 2008.
Tudor Jones, chairman of the Tommy Cooper Society, said: “We are very grateful to all our supporters and to the Caerphilly County Borough Council for their encouragement.”
However Mr Jones has also announced that he is to step down as chairman with Chris Bleach taking up the position.
Mr Jones added: “Having achieved our first objective of publicising Caerphilly as Tommy’s birthplace through the unveiling of his statue by our patron Sir Anthony Hopkins.
“It is time for a new leader to spearhead our drive to establish a theatre in Caerphilly and organise new events such as a Tommy Cooper ‘feztival’.”
For more information about the Tommy Cooper Society visit www.thetommycoopersociety.org