"Caerphilly is the healthiest place in the country. When I first arrived there I couldn’t say a word. I didn’t have a single hair on my head and I didn’t have the strength to walk across the room. How long was I there? I was born there."


A statue of Tommy was unveiled in his hometown of Caerphilly on 23 February 2008. The ceremonial honours for the unveiling went to Tommy, superfan, Sir Anthony Hopkins, who is also the patron of The Tommy Cooper Society.​​​ The 9ft (2.7m) bronze was sculpted by James R. Done who commented that TC would have been "the highest paid jester in any kingdom." 
The Tommy Cooper Society was set up in 2003 aimed at erecting the statue of the comic in the town of his birth. 

The society raised £45,000 to pay for the statue.

The statue, which stands on a 4ft (1.2m) plinth shows him wearing his trademark fez and can be found straight opposite the magnificent castle in the heart of the town. 

The society's patron, Sir Anthony Hopkins unveiled the huge statue after giving the crowd an uncannily accurate  impersonation of the late great comic.

In his Tommy Cooper voice he said: "Before I start I just want to say this; this." He then proceeded to rattle off his favourite Tommy one-liners.

Sir Anthony said: "I just want to say what an honour it is to be here. Tommy Cooper was a one-off. He was a kind of tragic comedian; that great big face of his and great big hands and his boots and that ridiculous fez. I wish I had met Tommy Cooper but I never had that great privilege. But I have the privilege of coming here with his first cousin Bet and she is going to help me unveil his statue."

He went on to compare him with some of the greatest comedians of all time such as Charlie Chaplin and Buster Keaton.

"He was the comedian's comedian because he was such a self mockery artist," he added.

Tommy's daughter Vicky is a honorary member of the society and in a letter she recalled how proud her father was of his Welsh roots.
Society secretary Tudor Jones, above, said: "She said her dad looked upon himself as a Welshman from the top of his black curly hair to the bottom of his size 13 boots." 
He added: "Tommy was always larger than life so it is fitting that his statue will stand proud in the centre of the town where he was born. This will be a long awaited tribute to Tommy from his home town of Caerphilly."
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