Where in the world will Clitheroe Muppet Bert turn up?

Statler at the Great Wall of China...or is he?
Statler at the Great Wall of China...or is he?
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Pub regular Bert Clitheroe has gone on a worldwide walkabout...even though he’s a proper Muppet!

The soft toy Statler – half of the grumpy pair of hecklers Waldorf and Statler from “The Muppets” TV show – used to sit on the bar at the Brown Cow, Clitheroe, with his bad-tempered buddy.

The inseparable pair had had become firm favourites with the customers and often took part in for charity effort such as Red Nose Day.

Then one weekend a couple of weeks ago Statler – the smaller one with the moustache – went missing.

Soon afterwards he started to appear on Facebook under the alias on “Statler Bert Clitheroe” apparently touring the world and seeeing the sights.

Laura Smithies, who manages the Moor Lane pub for her mum, licensee Marjorie Bannister, said: “There have been pictures posted of Statler all over the place - New York, Paris, with Ms Piggy, even in China – although we suspect someone’s just been busy on Photoshop.

“Our regulars have been following his exploits on Facebook.

“He seems to having a good time and we’re not worried about him, but it’s time he came home.”