Put up a statue to Del Boy outside the tower he made his home, says Boycie

Only Fools and Horses star John Challis has backed plans to have a statue of Del Boy outside Nelson Mandela house.

Harlech Tower in Acton, West London, was used to portray Nelson Mandela House, the home of the Trotters – despite the comedy set 13 miles away in Peckham, south-east London.

But in January plans emerged to have it demolished as part of a £650 million regeneration of the area which will see more than 3,500 homes built.

John Challis who played sniggering, cigar smoking wheeler-dealer Boycie in the beloved UK comedy, is backing a petition from comedy channel Gold for a statue of the iconic character, played by Sir David Jason.

Mr Challis said: ‘The tower carries a lot of nostalgia for many of us – not just the cast, but everyone who has enjoyed watching the show over the years.

British Actors Lennard Pearce; David Jason And Nicholas Lyndhurst, who played Grandad, Del Boy and Rodney in the popular TV series

British Actors Lennard Pearce; David Jason And Nicholas Lyndhurst, who played Grandad, Del Boy and Rodney in the popular TV series

British Actors Lennard Pearce; David Jason And Nicholas Lyndhurst, who played Grandad, Del Boy and Rodney in the popular TV series

An artist's impression of a gold statue of Only Fools and Horses' character Del Boy Trotter that could be installed in west London to commemorate Harlech Tower, which portrayed Nelson Mandela House in the sitcom's opening credits

An artist's impression of a gold statue of Only Fools and Horses' character Del Boy Trotter that could be installed in west London to commemorate Harlech Tower, which portrayed Nelson Mandela House in the sitcom's opening credits

An artist's impression of a gold statue of Only Fools and Horses' gold Morris Minor that could be installed in west London to commemorate Harlech Tower, which portrayed Nelson Mandela House in the sitcom's opening credits

An artist's impression of a gold statue of Only Fools and Horses' gold Morris Minor that could be installed in west London to commemorate Harlech Tower, which portrayed Nelson Mandela House in the sitcom's opening credits

An artist’s impression of a gold statue of Only Fools and Horses’ character Del Boy Trotter (left) or gold Morris Minor (right) that could be installed in west London to commemorate Harlech Tower, which portrayed Nelson Mandela House in the sitcom’s opening credits

John Challis, who played Boycie, has backed calls for a statue at Nelson Mandela house to commemorate Only Fools and Horses

John Challis, who played Boycie, has backed calls for a statue at Nelson Mandela house to commemorate Only Fools and Horses

John Challis, who played Boycie, has backed calls for a statue at Nelson Mandela house to commemorate Only Fools and Horses

‘While we don’t want to stand in the way of any progress being made, we do want to commemorate the tower’s long-standing connection to Only Fools And Horses and its British comedy legacy.

‘Join me in signing Gold’s online petition calling for a plaque or Del Boy statue to be installed on site to celebrate the famous block.’

The TV channel has shared the initial designs, which include a shiny gold statue.

They have also mocked up a golden version of Del Boy’s car, and a plaque that reads: ‘This plaque commemorates Nelson Mandela House, the much loved home of Derek & Rodney Trotter in ‘Only Fools And Horses’, 1981 – 2003.’

The petition needs 1,500 signatures to be submitted for Ealing Council’s consideration. 

In January, Sir David said he thinks the tower building should be ‘listed’ and that it is a ‘shame’ to see it knocked down.

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