A STATUE in his honour takes pride of place in the town centre and his work has touched the funny bone of the nation for generations.

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And today, lovers of cartoonist Carl Giles, will be able to get their hands on some of his original works during an auction at Lockdales, in Martlesham.

A full set of Giles annuals will be among the exhibits at the firm’s fine art sale on February 27 and 28.

James Sadler, of Lockdales, said: “The public are so enthusiastic about Giles.”

“We have many of his original cartoons.

“This is original art work that was done mainly for friends and charities.”

There will be a special Giles section during the auction and it comes off the back of a bumper sale of the cartoonist’s works at Lockdales in November – which saw a flood of Giles items come in from Britain and across the world.

Mr Sadler added: “Giles touched the national humour for so long, and over a very long period he was such a great character in Ipswich and Suffolk.”

Giles, who was born in north London, lived in Tuddenham and had an office in Ipswich – he died in 1995 aged 84.

Mr Sadler added he feels a museum dedicated to Giles in Ipswich could happen one day and suggested it could work in an area in Christchurch Mansion.

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