BILLY the bulb is to be found a new home by Bognor Regis town councillors.
The much-loved illuminations mascot will be looked after and given some occasional TLC as a result of a decision by the councillors on Monday.
They agreed with former town mayor Jim Brooks to look into finding some storage for the fibre glass figure.
As reported, Billy the Bulb was given a make-over by enthusiasts in time for last month’s illuminations gala.
But Cllr Brooks told the latest town council meeting it was important he was not allowed to become shabby once more.
“Billy is 36 years old now. He needs somewhere to go otherwise it will happen again,” he said.
“If we can help Billy, find him a home and look after him, it will be a good investment for the town.
“He has become a mascot for us. He is a lovely character and is certainly popular. He is something wonderful for the town.”
Cllr Brooks and his family played a central role in building Billy mainly from fibre glass in the mid-70s.
He said the creator of a Billy the Bulb cartoon strip from his early days, who had since moved to Canada, had agreed to the copyright being transferred to the town council on condition any profits went to help the town’s illuminations.
A Billy the Bulb website and t-shirt were in the offing, he promised.
Paul Wells, the town mayor, said: “Billy the Bulb is well remembered from years ago. He has been brought back and we should look after him.”
Billy the Bulb made regular appearances at Bognor’s big events from 1977 onwards. But time took its toll on him.
He had been fallen into disrepair in recent years. He was found the worse for wear and seafront trader Darrell Hardy, who used to operate his arms and legs, spent a week making him better for the gala.