Bid to rename park after the Chuckle Brothers to ‘inspire young people’

Chuckle Brothers: Paul and Barry look back on their early life

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The comedy duo, born Paul and Barry Elliott, were raised in East Herringthorpe, Rotherham, near Oldfield Road Play Area. Now, a councillor in the market town is campaigning for the park to be named Chuckle Park in tribute to Paul and Barry, the latter of whom died in August 2018.

A consultation will ask residents for their opinion on Michael Bennett-Sylvester’s plans.

Coun Bennett-Sylvester, who stands as an Independent, said: “The Chuckles have given us lots of joy. It’s to make a statement that if you’re a young person and you work hard and apply your talents, these are the kind of things you can achieve.

“We need inspirational stories sometimes, we need to take that bit of pride in areas.”

East Herringthorpe, which is in the east of the town, is one of the most deprived areas of northern England, Yorkshire Live reports. 

Coun Bennett-Sylvester said funding has been secured for the area’s play area, which he hopes will be used to help regenerate the neighbourhood.

He added: “It’s incredibly poor for facilities, especially for young people, there’s nothing on the estate, but we’ve got this one play area – we’ve secured some funding to do some improvements to it.

“East Herringthorpe is probably one of the most deprived, run-down areas in Rotherham, it falls in the most deprived one per cent of neighbourhoods in the north of England.

“I’ve asked, as part of the consultation, that we look at renaming it in honour of the Chuckle Brothers, who grew up on the estate.”

The Chuckle Brothers lived in East Herringthorpe in the 1950s and 1960s until they were in their early 20s.

They went on to create and star in beloved BBC children’s programme Chucklevision, which ran for 21 series from 1987 to 2009.

It was voted best children’s BBC programme in a Radio Times poll in 2019.

Barry died after a short illness in 2018 aged 73.

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