Home city trib­ute to my dad is so mov­ing

Kate Beck­in­sale on giant mu­ral

Daily Mirror (Northern Ireland) - - BRIAN READE - BY ADAM ASPINALL

RIS­ING Damp le­gend Richard Beck­in­sale is to­day smil­ing down on his home town... to the de­light of his film star daugh­ter Kate.

The Hol­ly­wood ac­tress was over­whelmed by the new, un­can­nily life-like mu­ral by French artist Zabou.

In a post to her 2.1 mil­lion fol­low­ers on In­sta­gram, Kate, 45, said of the city cen­tre work in Nottingham: “Touch­ing peo­ple with love and laughs was my father’s ab­so­lute pur­pose.” Kate, star of the Un­der­world film fran­chise, added: “To know even that four decades af­ter his death, his home town holds him this close is so un­be­liev­ably won­der­ful. Spread love, it lasts far beyond your life­time.”

Richard was best known for his roles as Len­nie God­ber the hap­less in­mate of Slade Pri­son in Por­ridge and Alan Moore in Ris­ing Damp. He died in 1979 from a heart at­tack, aged just 31. The mu­ral will in­clude por­traits of fash­ion de­signer Sir Paul Smith who was, like Richard, born in nearby Bee­ston, and Mo­town singer Ed­win Starr who spent his fi­nal years in Nottingham.

Zabou said: “The celebri­ties are speak­ing to a lot of peo­ple. They’re re­ally loved around here.”

IT’S ART GRAFT Worker on a plat­form in­spects wall

LOV­ING: Richard, Kate & mum Judy

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