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‘Home coming’ for soap couple

Actress Liz Dawn at the unveiling of the new Jack and Vera from Coronation Street in Madame Tussauds.

Actress Liz Dawn at the unveiling of the new Jack and Vera from Coronation Street in Madame Tussauds.

Her character Vera’s dream was to move to Blackpool.

So it was a fitting moment when former Coronation Street actress Liz Dawn visited the resort to see waxwork figures of Vera and her on-screen husband Jack unveiled at Madame Tussauds.

The pair are the latest soap stars to be immortalised at the attraction following a poll of visitors to find their favourite TV couple.

Liz said: “The figures are amazing. If he was here, Jack would say ‘you look a lot better in wax’!

“Blackpool is a one-off and I hope visitors will enjoy seeing the figures.

“When we were filming here with the Street, you would do your bit and you wouldn’t always have chance to look round.

“But it has changed so much. My daughter came here two weeks ago with the children and she said, ‘Mother, it’s brilliant.’

“I once turned the Lights on in Blackpool. It was in the early 1980s and there were about seven of us from the cast.”

Liz clocked up 34 years on Coronation Street before leaving in 2008, while Bill Tarmey who played Jack, was a member of the cast for 27 years before his death in 2012 after leaving the show in 2010.

His widow Alma said: “I am sure Bill would have been very proud and honoured to see himself as Jack immortalised in such a life-like figure.

“For myself, it brought back many happy memories of the character Bill had portrayed for so many years.”

The figures have cost around £150,000 each to make.

Madame Tussauds general manager Matthew Titherington said: “Bill has sadly passed away so a lot of research was done to create his figure including watching episodes of Coronation Street.

“The Rovers Return attraction is significantly the most popular area in Madame Tussauds.

“We are launching the new figures just before Easter and hoping they will bring more and more people not just to our attraction but to Blackpool as a whole.”

 

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