Captain America arrives in Blackpool. Image: Madame Tussauds Blackpool

Captain America de-iced on Blackpool seafront, thanks to Madame Tussauds

Captain America arrives in Blackpool. Image: Madame Tussauds Blackpool
Captain America arrives in Blackpool. Image: Madame Tussauds Blackpool

Madame Tussauds Blackpool celebrated “Peace in our time” yesterday, as it welcomed its latest figure, Captain America, to the town by turning back the clock and transforming its iconic promenade into a striking 1940s scene.

Making a movie-worthy entrance, Madame Tussauds took the Blackpool seafront back to the 1940s, when Captain America was first created and then frozen in time ahead of becoming the Avengers’ leader. The transformation was made complete with a vintage tram supplied by Blackpool Heritage Company.

Captain America arrives in Blackpool. Image: Madame Tussauds Blackpool
Image: Madame Tussauds Blackpool

Madame Tussauds Blackpool was assisted in its time travel by volunteers from the Lytham 1940s Wartime Weekend, who gamely stepped in to take Captain America back to his past. The vintage enthusiasts recently returned from assisting at part of the official D-Day 75th anniversary commemorations, overseen by the Queen’s cousin, HRH Duke of Kent.

Hattie Bee, a 1940s tribute singer who helped to welcome Captain America, had the privilege of performing at last week’s D-Day celebrations and said: “It was an honour to meet the brave veterans who heroically landed on Normandy Beach 75 years ago. A true highlight was performing for the royal Duke, who even commented that I looked like a young Queen Elizabeth II.

“Captain America was and is an iconic character synonymous with the 1940s, so it was fantastic to meet his figure today.”

 

Captain America arrives in Blackpool. Image: Madame Tussauds Blackpool
Image: Madame Tussauds Blackpool

Matthew Titherington, general manager at Madame Tussauds Blackpool, said: “Our MARVEL SUPER HEROES area is one of our most popular attraction highlights and we’re delighted to welcome their leader, portrayed by Chris Evans in the movies, into the mix of heroic characters we have for the public to meet and interact with. We really enjoyed taking Captain America briefly back to his past today before firmly returning the figure to the present day so he can sit alongside the other iconic characters we’re home to.”

Captain America joins the other residents at Madame Tussauds Blackpool’s Marvel Super Heroes area, which includes comic characters including Captain Marvel, Hulk, Ironman, Spiderman and Thor.

The Lytham 1940s Wartime Weekend 2019 takes place on 17th and 18th August on Lytham Green and sees the era brought to life with a bang via live entertainment, re-enactments and the opportunity to try out wartime activities and hobbies for yourself. Highlights include costumed characters, historic vehicles and aircraft, music and dance, memorabilia stalls and a living history camp. Attendance is free and all attendees are welcome to join in the fun by donning period costume.

• For more information or to book tickets to visit Madame Tussauds Blackpool visit: www.madametussauds.com/blackpool

For more information on the Lytham 1940s Wartime Weekend 2019 visit: www.discoverfylde.co.uk/lytham1940s

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John Freeman

The founder of downthetubes, John works as a comics editor, writer, as Creative Consultant on the Dan Dare audio adventures for B7 Media, and on promotional work for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. Working in British comics publishing for over 30 years, his credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine, Star Trek Magazine and Babylon 5 Magazine. He also edited the comics anthology STRIP Magazine and edited several audio comics for ROK Comics. He has also edited several comic collections, including volumes of “Charley’s War and “Dan Dare”. He’s the writer of “Crucible”, a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz, published on Tapastic; and “Death Duty” and “Skow Dogs” with Dave Hailwood for digital comic 100% Biodegradable.

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