Alan Partridge came face-to-face with the gorilla created as a tribute to him at Norwich premiere
- Credit: Archant Norfolk
Alan Partridge came face-to-face with a very special fan at the Norwich Alpha Papa premiere - the latest member of the GoGoGorillas! troop of apes currently on display across the city.
The 54th gorilla sculpture - part of a trail raising funds for Break and the Born Free Foundation - is a tribute to the fictitious DJ, and trail organisers Break brought him to the film premiere for his very first outing.
Having been outside Hollywood Cinema since 8am, Alan the gorilla was at the front of the crowds waiting to see Partridge.
He was created by artist Phil Daniels and his daughter Sam, who were both delighted when Partridge signed their creation on his left arm with 'Alan Partridge Aha! x.'
Mr Daniels said it was 'a bit strange and very surreal' seeing Partridge standing next to the gorilla that they had created as a tribute to the broadcaster.
'He was very busy and rushed but still took the time to sign the gorilla which was great,' he said.
'I hope it adds some value and will help GoGoGorillas! raise more money for Break and the Born Free Foundation.'
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Alan is now on display at the Upper King Street office of his sponsors abbotFox.
GoGoGorillas! project manager Martin Green said it was brilliant that Partridge had seen and signed the Alan gorilla.
He added that while it was originally planned that Alan would move around the city during the trail, now that the gorilla has been signed by Partridge, the sculpture may stay in one place to make sure the signature is protected.
• For more on the GoGoGorillas! trail visit www.gogogorillas.co.uk