Friday, 14 February 2014

Ken Barlow waxwork returned to Madame Tussaud's

(This post was originally posted by Flaming Nora on the Coronation Street Blog February 2013, reposted to this blog with permission.)

In May of last year, the waxwork of Coronation Street's Ken Barlow was removed from Madame Tussauds in Blackpool.  Now that William Roache has been cleared in court of all charges against him, the waxwork of Ken has been put back on display.

Matthew Titherington, the attraction's general manager, said: "We made the decision to temporarily remove the Ken Barlow figure from display in the middle of last year, after we received a number of comments relating to its continued inclusion - but, even more importantly, witnessed some unacceptable behaviour from a very small number of visitors. Behaviour we did not condone in any way.

"We said at the time that it was always our intention to review this decision in the light of future events and therefore we are reinstating the figure in time for half term. Madame Tussauds never comments or moralises on the character or specific activities of the figures we include. Our figures are chosen because we, and our visitors, believe that they have made a significant contribution to the world around them or in their chosen field - good or bad - or they earn their place through visitor demand, as in the case of Ken.

"The Coronation Street set in Madame Tussauds Blackpool is a very popular part of the attraction and has been since it opened in 2011. It is our overall objective must always be to ensure that all our visitors have an enjoyable visit with us."

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