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Statue of Kent comedian Dave Lee unveiled in Canterbury

Actor Brenda Blethyn with the statue of Dave Lee Image copyright BBC news grab
Image caption Actress Brenda Blethyn said Dave Lee was a "brilliant, generous man"

A bronze statue of the Kent comedian and pantomime star Dave Lee has been unveiled outside the Marlowe Theatre in Canterbury where he starred in more than 1,000 pantomime performances.

Lee, 64, raised millions of pounds for charity before his death from pancreatic cancer in January 2012.

At his funeral, which was held at Canterbury Cathedral, he was described as a "wonderful ambassador for Kent".

More than 100 friends and acquaintances watched as the sculpture was unveiled.

The statue, by sculptor Dominic Grant, is a life-size representation of the comedian - who was born in Broadstairs - sitting on a bench.

His charity, Dave Lee's Happy Holidays, helped thousands of Kent-based sick, disabled and under-privileged children and their immediate families to enjoy holidays and outings.

Kent actress Brenda Blethyn, who was at the unveiling on Thursday, said he would be remembered as a "brilliant, generous man".

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