Giant inflatable of Hartlepool layabout Andy Capp is unveiled
Cartoon layabout Andy Capp is suddenly going up in the world.
A giant inflatable version of the character, who was the brainchild of Hartlepool artist Reg Smythe, is pictured towering over Hartlepool Cricket Club ahead of its public debut at a charity event on Monday evening.
It is the latest in a series of plastic creations commissioned and purchased for undisclosed sums by a mystery group of people known as The Wombles of Hartlepool.
Only last Friday a 23ft-plus high replica of charity mascot Pudsey Bear made its first appearance at the town’s Jesmond Gardens Primary School ahead of its journey to Salford to star in BBC-1’s Children In Need charity extravaganza.
Not one to left behind, the 25ft Andy has insisted on doing his bit for a good cause or two and was first at the cricket clubhouse door before the Monday musical evening.
Organised by the Mayor of Hartlepool, Councillor Brenda Loynes, the event was in of town charities Alice House Hospice and Miles For Men.
A spokesperson for the secretive group said before the event: “We have had Andy for around eight months and were waiting for the right moment to show him off for the first time.
"We were approached by the cricket club and hopefully he will make people giggle when they see him.”
Pudsey and Andy are the latest in a series of inflatables courtesy of the group.
Unveiled earlier this year were replicas of Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Hartlepool United mascot H’Angus the Monkey.
The Wombles of Hartlepool are quick to point out, however, that they have no political allegiances and that the figures are merely intended to cheer people up while putting Hartlepool on the map.
As to who may debut next out of a collection of around 15 inflatables, our Wombles contact said: “With Christmas around the corner, we are looking for something festive and something to celebrate panto season with.”