Rik Mayall's Bench Memorial In Hammersmith Unveiled Today

Andy Thornley
By Andy Thornley Last edited 48 months ago
Rik Mayall's Bench Memorial In Hammersmith Unveiled Today

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The unofficial 'blue plaque' erected in Hammersmith following Mayall's death

Hammersmith and Fulham Council has bowed to public pressure and is to install a bench in memory of comic actor Rik Mayall in the same spot that featured in the opening credits of the seminal comedy series Bottom. The decision came after a petition containing 7,000 signatures was sent to the authority calling for a memorial bench for “the legend” to be placed there. The new bench, unveiled today, features the inscription: “In Memory of The Man, The Myth, The Legend”.

In the opening sequences, co-star Ade Edmunson repeatedly smacks Mayall over the head with a newspaper, until he retaliates – punching him in the groin. Shortly after Mayall’s death, a ‘blue plaque’ was placed in Hammersmith, decrying the spot was near where Mayall “punched his friend in the balls”.

Mayall died in June this year aged 56 of an ‘acute cardiac event’ he suffered shortly after returning from a run.

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Last Updated 14 November 2014