Posted 15th May 2019

Comedian Joe Lycett invites Birmingham Mayor to his kitchen extension opening

15th May 2019 - 10:34am
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Earlier this year, comedian Joe Lycett sent an email to Yvonne Mosquito, the Lord Mayor of Birmingham, jokingly asking her if she would like to officially open his new kitchen extension at his mid-terrace in South Birmingham.

After receiving a response saying the Lord Mayor was unable to attend due to the opening being a private event, Lycett decided to raffle off four tickets to members of the public to attend the opening – making it a public event. The Lord Mayor of Birmingham then – to everyone’s surprise – accepted.

“Ok. This is out of hand now,” Lycett tweeted earlier this month. “We have had literally thousands of entries for the tickets. Some of the media requests are unbelievable. This was a joke.”

But he went ahead with it. With BBC Radio One as the official radio broadcast partner, on the 14th May the Lord Mayor of Birmingham showed up to the comedian’s house and carried out the official ribbon-cutting ceremony for his new kitchen extension.

“Joe, this is the first kitchen extension I’ve ever opened,” the Lord Mayor told Lycett at the event. She and the comedian also unveiled a plaque on the outside of Lycett’s house, declaring the new kitchen extension the ‘Mosquito Wing’.

“The Lord Mayor did a great job,” Lycett told the BBC. “Her speech was exceptional and you can’t ask for more than that.

“Maybe a royal next time.”

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