SCULPTOR Dave Bradbury has handed his Bill Bailey sculpture to the man himself.
The Shepley stone sculptor went backstage at one of Bailey’s gigs to present him with the intricately carved stone book.
Dave said meeting one of Britain’s most famous comedians had been fantastic but admitted he had been a bit apprehensive ahead of his first brush with celebrity.
He said: “When you meet someone famous you’re a bit jumpy about how they’re going to be, but he was nice as anything.
“He just put me at ease because I was a bag of nerves.
“He thought it was brilliant, he was really taken with it.
“He said the hair looked like some kind of mythical beast and said he’s going to set it on his coffee table and wait for people to try and pick it up.
“I think that piece is the finest work I’ve ever done, I was really pleased with it.”
Dave now plans to cast 10 limited edition polished aluminium versions of the Bill Bailey book sculpture and offer them to galleries across the country, including the National Portrait Gallery.