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The moving heads of Wallace and Gromit arrive at the Pleasure Beach.

The moving heads of Wallace and Gromit arrive at the Pleasure Beach.

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HEADS were certainly turning last week as the iconic faces of Wallace and Gromit arrived at the Pleasure Beach.

The famous duo’s heads will form the centrepiece of a facade which will greet riders to the new £5.25m Thrill-O-Matic ride – the first Wallace and Gromit rollercoaster which is due to open at the attraction in the spring.

And in true Wallace and Gromit fashion, travelling to Blackpool proved quite an adventure.

The lorries carrying the tank-top-wearing cheese lover and his sidekick dog battled adverse weather as they travelled from Yorkshire, where they have been designed and built in association with Wallace and Gromic creators, Aardman.

The Pleasure Beach’s deputy managing director, Nick Thompson, said: “It’s always exciting when a new feature of the ride arrives but having Wallace and Gromit’s iconic heads arriving outside the attraction really caused a stir.

“Thrill-O-Matic is really taking shape and looks fantastic, it will add a real thrill to fans to get up close and personal with characters who have left a lasting impression on the nation.

“Seeing these heads arrive on the Promenade means that we really are cracking on with what we know will be an excellent addition to Blackpool Pleasure Beach in 2013.”

Thrill-O-Matic is on the site of the former Gold Mine, and will take thrill-seekers on a four-minute trek on their adventures from A Grand Day Out, A Close Shave and The Curse of the Were Rabbit.

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