A FAN-FUNDED memorial to Last Of The Summer Wine star Bill Owen is languishing in a quarry 20 years after his death.
The four-ton stone tribute to Compo – whose antics trying to win the heart of Nora Batty, played by Kathy Staff, lit up the classic BBC comedy for 37 years – has never gone on display.
Fans from around the world donated £8,000 for the permanent reminder of the actor following his death in 1999, aged 85.
It was due to be erected in the West Yorkshire town of Holmfirth where the world’s longest-running sitcom, also starring Peter Sallis as Clegg and Brian Wilde as Foggy, was filmed.
But after a councillor who championed the memorial was voted out of office it has remained abandoned in a local quarry.
Bill’s son Tom, who also appeared in the show, admitted the real life drama has left him frustrated.
He said: “I have absolutely no answers. It’s been going on for so long, there’s been so much prevarication.’’
Greengrocer Andrew Bray, 58, who was a good friend of Bill’s, said: “It’s been a nightmare and got very political at one point. I could write a book about it.
“I feel gutted because Bill did so much for Holmfirth and so much charity work.”
A council source said a site had been earmarked for the memorial but progress is “slow and complicated”.