South Holland inventor creates award for a top comedian at The Edinburgh Festival
Spalding Guardian columnist and mad-cap inventor John Ward has designed and made a comical comedy award for The Edinburgh Festival.
His creation - a broad smile topped by a clown's red nose - becomes The Comedians' Choice Award at the festival on Saturday.
The brand new award will be presented in various classes, and comedians appearing at different venues within The Edinburgh Festival this month will cast their votes.
The Comedians' Choice Award is sponsored by The British Comedy Guide and its editor, Mark Boosey, gave John a free hand in its design.
John said: "It's made from a recycled plastic tube, brass/copper pipe, steel and other bits, and mounted on a base composed of three pillars, symbolising Mirth, Merriment and Laughter.
"There is a brass/copper central stem- based on the idea a comic might need a 'brass neck' to perform in some venues - with a big, wide, steel 'grin' signifying laughter and a red nose on top - the traditional symbol of the clown.
"The original design for the grin was symmetrical but, when I looked at it there was something odd about it. So I turned the grinning mouth to one side by an inch so now it has a sort-of jaunty ha-ha-ha look about it.
"I think that works. If you look from the front or the back, it's still a laughing mouth with a nose on top".
John, from Moulton Seas End, has created awards for the Edinburgh Festival for more than a decade.
Initially he was commissioned to make the Malcolm Hardee Awards - 'The Hardees' - and then went back into his workshop to create the 'Cunning Stunt Award' (for comic originality) and for the 'Act Most Likely to Make a Million Quid'.