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Comic Tommy Cooper awarded blue plaque on Chiswick home

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Image caption Tommy Cooper lived in the Chiswick home between 1955 and 1984

Entertainer Tommy Cooper has been honoured with a blue plaque on his former west London home.

A crowd wearing red fez hats chanted "just like that" as balloons were released to reveal the plaque on the house in Barrowgate Road, Chiswick.

FA chairman and member of the blue plaque panel Greg Dyke called the comic an "enormous man who wore a funny fez".

Mr Cooper lived in the house with his wife and two children from 1955 until his death in 1984.

The comedian died after collapsing during a live broadcast from Her Majesty's Theatre on Haymarket in the City of Westminster.

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Image caption Greg Dyke told those at the ceremony the comic's jokes "were just terrible, but you laughed"
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Image caption Many people who attended wore Tommy Cooper's trademark red fez

Unveiling the plaque, Mr Dyke called him "a comic genius and none of us quite understand how and why but he was."

Tommy Cooper's friend and colleague Ken Dodd had supported the proposal for a plaque, but was unable to attend the ceremony.

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Image caption The comedian was famous for his "just like that" catchphrase
Image caption Comic Ken Dodd called Mr Cooper "a giant of a man with an equally gigantic sense of humour"

Other comedians previously given blue plaques include Kenneth Williams and Tony Hancock.


Blue Plaque facts

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  • The scheme began in 1866 after the idea of erecting "memorial tablets" was first proposed by William Ewart MP in the House of Commons in 1863
  • The first plaque was for the poet Lord Byron, although this was lost when the building it was on was demolished in 1889
  • More than 900 plaques have been unveiled across London
  • An official plaque can only be proposed for a person who has been dead for at least 20 years
  • A plaque put up in Chalk Farm in 1937 to mark Karl Marx's final address had to be taken down because it was repeatedly vandalised

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