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In pictures: Tommy Cooper statue

The Tommy Cooper statue cloaked in red cloth

The 9ft (2.7m) bronze Tommy Cooper statue was cloaked in red cloth, the same colour at the comedian's trademark fez.

Part of the crowd in Caerphilly town centre

A crowd of around 2,500 brought traffic in Caerphilly to a halt as they gathered for the unveiling and a chance to glimpse visiting Hollywood star, Sir Anthony Hopkins.

Sir Anthony Hopkins

Sir Anthony Hopkins delighted the crowd by going walkabout both before and after he unveiled the statue to Tommy Cooper.

Tony St John (left) and Austin Howells

A number of die-hard Tommy Cooper fans wore their fezzes to add to the atmosphere of the day.

Sir Anthony Hopkins laughing an old photo of himself

The Hollywood star asks a fan where he got the photograph of him that he asked the actor to autograph.

Sir Anthony admires the Tommy Cooper statue (Photo: Roger Donovan/PA Wire)

The Port Talbot-born actor described Tommy Cooper as 'the comedian's comedian' and as great as Charlie Chaplin and Buster Keaton.


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