Blackpool’s newest attraction opens doors

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RUSSELL Brand, Davina McCall and Alan Carr are just a few of the celebrities waiting to welcome visitors through Madame Tussauds front doors.

And following the Gazette’s sneak peek at the unveiling of Susan Boyle’s wax figure yesterday, the new attraction looks to become the jewel in Blackpool’s crown.

Marketing co-ordinator John Filmer with Jeremy Kyle

Marketing co-ordinator John Filmer with Jeremy Kyle

General manager Matthew Titherington said he couldn’t wait for the doors to open on Thursday.

He said; “Everyone who comes down will be amazed, they will be absolutely blown away by it.

“They will see all the stars they see on Saturday night TV and there is a lot of visitor interaction in Madame Tussauds Blackpool.

“For example the public can actually appear on TV with Jeremy Kyle and play Who Wants to be a Millionaire with Chris Tarrant.

Alan Carr's Waxwork

Alan Carr's Waxwork

“People will notice a huge difference, it has completely changed, a whole new redevelopment which is unrecognisable.”

Yesterday Susan Boyle came face-to-face with her wax likeness as the £150,000 figure was unveiled.

The 2009 Britain’s Got Talent runner-up from West Lothian, Scotland, described it as ‘fantastic’,

She said: “What can I say, they have done a very good job, it feels really fantastic.

“I was involved in all the sittings and measurements, it has been really awesome.”

The 50-year-old said she had never been to Blackpool but would love to come back if we would have her.

When asked who she would like her waxwork to stand next to, she said: ‘Simon Cowell of course, no doubt about that, I love him.”

The wax model wore a black outfit donated by the singer, which she wore in the video for her cover of The Rolling Stones’ Wild Horses.

Her model will stand in the Big Night In area of the attraction, alongside the likes of Bruce Forsyth, who was unveiled last month.

Tony Morris, global team experience manager, said there would be 60 figures on show when the big day came.

He said: “We have to maintain the figures every day, we go out every morning and check the condition.

“A lot of work goes into each creation so you want to make sure it looks its best.

“First we get a celebrity into the studio and take about 300 measurements and photographs and then we make the first sculpture out of clay.

“Then we create a mould and the wax is then poured into that – you can have eleven people working on a figure at one time.

“Things like hair take a long time as we put one the strands in one by one.

“It takes about three months in total to produce the finished product.”

Madame Tussauds Blackpool is part of a major £10m regeneration plan for the iconic Blackpool Tower and Promenade developed by Blackpool Council.