A proposal to erect a special memorial statue to the much loved Lytham resident and brilliant entertainer, Bobby Ball, will be discussed by Fylde Council early next month.
At their next full meeting the Council will consider a plan for a memorial statue to be erected in Lowther Gardens, directly outside the Lowther Pavilion. This is item number seven on the agenda of the full council meeting to be held at 7.00 p.m. on Monday 7th December. Because of the pandemic, the meeting is being held remotely via Zoom, but will be live streamed. For public access to observe the meeting this link may be used: https://youtu.be/dfqXdXkWsx0
This is the Notice of Motion which has been received and will be discussed:
‘The council notes with sadness the recent passing of Bobby Ball, who brought laughter to millions over many years, and was well-known and well-loved in and about Lytham, where he chose to make his home. To mark and celebrate his life, it would be fitting for a statue of Bobby to be erected in Lowther Gardens, supported by public donations and with the backing of the council. The council delegates responsibility to the Head of Governance, in consultation with the Leader and Chairman of the Tourism & Leisure Committee, to liaise with the family and Lowther Trust to set up an appropriate vehicle for this purpose and with a view to a report being brought to the next Tourism and Leisure Committee.’
Bobby was truly proud to be a patron of Lowther Pavilion and had not only frequently visited and whole-heartedly supported our theatre, but had also performed there many times. Consequently, Tim Lince, the chairperson of Lowther Gardens Trust, has assertively backed the proposal for a memorial statue: ‘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.’
Tim continues: ‘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 show business, going all the way back to George Formby, and I think it’s very important to remember what they have done for us.’