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Call for lovely, jubbly Del Boy effigy

TV gold: The mock-up of the Del Boy statue

FANS of Only Fools And Horses are being urged to back a petition calling for a statue of Del Boy at the site of the soon-to-be-demolished tower block that featured in the classic sitcom.

Harlech Tower, which was used to portray Nelson Mandela House, the home of the Trotters, is earmarked for demolition as part of a £650million Ealing Council regeneration plan for Acton in west London.

Comedy TV channel Gold has launched a campaign calling for either a statue of Sir David Jason’s famous character or a plaque to commemorate Nelson Mandela House.

Three cheers: The Trotters’ van

It has shared the initial designs, which include a shiny gold statue of Del Boy, to generate support from the public. The TV channel has also mocked up a golden version of Del Boy’s car and a plaque that reads: ‘This plaque commemorates Nelson Mandela House, the much loved home of Derek & Rodney Trotter in “Only Fools And Horses”, 1981-2003.’

Actor John Challis, who played Boycie in the series, shared his support for the petition.

‘The tower carries a lot of nostalgia for many of us — not just the cast but everyone who has enjoyed watching the show over the years,’ he said.

‘While we don’t want to stand in the way of any progress being made, we do want to commemorate the tower’s long-standing connection to Only Fools And Horses and its British comedy legacy.’

In January, Sir David said he thought the tower should be listed and it was a ‘shame’ to see it demolished. ‘It was a proper block of flats and it was of its time, which was fine and is probably why we used it. It was
great,’ he told The Sun.