The ‘Bottom’ bench is returning to Hammersmith as a tribute to actor Rik Mayall, who died earlier this year.
The seat appeared in the opening credits of the ’90s sitcom, which showed Rik and co-star Adrian Edmondson arguing and punching each other in the balls.
Situated on the corner of Queen Caroline Street and Hammersmith Bridge Road, it had previously been removed by Hammersmith Council. Thanks to a petition by fans, it’s now been saved.
Rik spoke about being sad that the bench was no longer in place in an interview before his death. He said: ‘ If you were to come to the end of King Street where it meets the big roundabout to get to the Hammersmith Apollo, you’d find that same bench on a traffic island – until one day they took it away and put a pelican crossing in its place. My old bench. Me and Eddie’s old bench, that’s what I miss the most.’
Inspired by his comments, more than 7,000 people signed a petition supporting the memorial led by actress and screenwriter Jaime Bird. She said: ‘Within three days we had over 1,000 signatures. We had a lot of backing from celebrities. Bill Bailey was one of the first to sign it.’
Speaking of tributes, a blue plaque dedicated to Damon Albarn has just been unveiled!