Alan Partridge statue appears in Norwich

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Ah! Alan Partridge finally gets the recognition he has long dreamed of – a golden statue in the middle of Norwich.

Ardent Partridge fans Nick Dutton and Gavin Fulcher were behind the larger than life ‘Gift to Norwich’.

Sculptor M. Fulcher said: “It was really a little fun. I think during this time we could all do with a little bit of relief. “

Now he’s got Alan’s approval: “I give my consent and I’m going to ask my legal team to warm their daggers. “

His statement on Twitter

to continue: “Although it is absolutely not allowed, after taking advice, I am happy that the attitude and position of the statue is correct. “

Mr Fulcher and Mr Dutton have denied that the 3.3m (11ft) figure was a publicity stunt for Alan’s latest podcast produced from his hangar.

The duo, who are freelance sculptors in the film industry, said they designed and created the cold-cast brass statue between work engagements for the past three years.

They based the dimensions on a friend who was “similar in size and build” to 5ft 9in (1.75m) actor Steve Coogan.

After deciding on the pose, Mr Dutton set about sculpting a portrait of a partridge while Mr Fulcher worked on the body details including an Argyle sweater, loafers and Alan’s bespoke blazer.

Mr Fulcher said: “When you go to college and meet new people, you say you’re from Norwich and people instantly mention Alan Partridge.

“He’s so synonymous with the city, and people have taken him too. “

Coogan announced earlier this year that he would reprise the role of the Norwich-based DJ for an 18-episode series called From the Oasthouse: The Alan Partridge Podcast.

“All National Treasures have a podcast,” said Alan Partridge.

“If David Dimbleby has one, then of course I had to make one. “

Award-winning character Bafta, born in King’s Lynn, Norfolk, made his debut in 1991 as a sports presenter on BBC Radio 4’s On the Hour.

He has appeared on television with shows such as The Day Today, Knowing Me Knowing You, and I’m Alan Partridge.

The statue will remain outside the Forum until Sunday.

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