Thursday, 3 September 2009

Seeing double at the Waxworks....

A busy couple of days ahead as this weekend sees two major arrivals at Louis Tussaud’s Waxworks, Blackpool, with Ricky Hatton and Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen dropping in to the promenade attraction to officially unveil their models.

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I'll be there today and tomorrow filming both of them...with the footage going off to both Granada and the BBC. The LEP has also been in touch for some of the footage for their website - so watch this space!

Both models are over six months in the making and were cast in person late last year by model maker Mike Conroy who has been working round the clock to finish both in time for the illuminations switch on this weekend.

Each model has been sculpted, painted and finished including the individual insertion of each strand of hair which is a process that takes weeks. The models cost up to £100,000 each to produce and Ricky has asked that another one is specially created to take up residence in his games room at home.

Ricky will take his rightful place centre stage in the new ‘Sporting Greats’ area of the five floor attraction. A specially created boxing ring has been created and built so that fans can have their photo taken with the ‘Hitman’.

Laurence also has a set dedicated to him as the king of interior style. A purpose built room has been created containing many home style accessories from his own range and gives lots of opportunities for visitors to capture a picture of themselves and the model in a backdrop that wouldn’t look out of place in OK! Magazine.

“This is the result of months of investment in planning, sculpting and paying minute attention to detail to get the models exactly right ahead of these unveilings,” said Matthew Titherington, General Manager, Louis Tussaud’s Waxworks.He continues, “Most people can only dream of stepping into the ring with Ricky or relaxing in sumptuous surroundings with Laurence. Now our visitors will be able to do both and capture the moment on camera. We are delighted with the finished result and know that both will be real crowd pleasers. It’s also great that both have made time in their busy schedules to come and unveil the models in person.”

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