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Alf statue appeal brings in just pounds 9.

PLANS to remember Coronation Street's Alf Roberts with a statue in his home town have flopped - after just pounds 9 was raised in 18 months.

The Bryan Mosley Memorial Trust Fund was launched at Shipley, near Bradford, in July 1999 to honour the actor who played Britain's favourite shopkeeper.

Bradford's then Lord Mayor, Tony Miller, wanted to create a statue of the actor to attract tourists in the same way as one of Eric Morecambe did in the Lancashire resort of the same name.

But plans for a gala fundraising show starring funnyman Ken Dodd were never put into action.

Councillor John Carroll, chairman of the Shipley Town Centre Partnership, said: "It's been allowed to sleep on the shelf and we are going to have to do something.

"I think talk of raising pounds 25,000 was rather ambitious and over-optimistic. With the best will in the world, I don't think Bryan Mosley was a national institution in the same way that Eric Morecambe was."

Mosley, who had played Alf for 37 years, died from a heart attack, aged 67, after collapsing in Shipley town centre in February 1999.
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