Captain Mainwaring statue unveiled
Adam Gretton FORMER Dad's Army cast and crew were reunited with an old friend on Saturday when a bronze statue was unveiled of an iconic television character.
FORMER Dad's Army cast and crew were reunited with an old friend on Saturday when a bronze statue was unveiled of an iconic television character.
More than 30 years after Arthur Lowe last reprised his role as Captain George Mainwaring, a permanent reminder of Thetford's links with the famous sitcom was revealed for the first time.
Hundreds of Dad's Army fans and autograph hunters gathered around the life-size statue between the Bell and Anchor hotels, which was officially opened by writer David Croft on Saturday.
Ex-cast members, including Bill Pertwee (Warden Hodges) and Pamela Cundell (Mrs Fox), also sat next to the bronze Capt Mainwaring sitting on a bench, which will become a focal part of the town's popular Dad's Army tours.
The celebration follows a three-year campaign and fundraising by members of the Dad's Army Museum in Thetford to mark the years the sitcom was filmed in the town between 1968 and 1977.
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David Croft, who wrote the 78 episodes with Jimmy Perry, said he thought the statue was “absolutely marvellous” and was a “frightening” likeness of the Walmington-on-Sea Home Guard captain.
The landmark was made by sculptor Sean Hedges-Quinn, who created the Sir Bobby Robson statue in Ipswich, and spent 1,100 hours on his latest creation.
Stuart Wright, chairman of the Dad's Army Museum, said the statue gave fans a new photo opportunity when visiting the town. He also praised the fans who donated and raised �20,000 in three years.
The unveiling of the bronze Capt Mainwaring was followed by a parade of second world war and Dad's Army vehicles through Thetford and a performance of Dad's Army Comes Home at the Carnegie Room.
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