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Louis Tussauds House Of Wax In Great Yarmouth

November 2, 2012 by  

Louis Tussauds House Of Wax In Great Yarmouth, Blessed are those who are totally useless, for they shall make the rest of us feel better about ourselves. From Eddie the Eagle to Eric the Eel, not forgetting the directors of such memorably awful movies as Attack of the Fifty Foot Woman and Santa Claus Conquers the Martians, history is littered with heroic failures, people who were so excruciatingly bad at their chosen profession that they have earned a cult following. But Eddie, Eric and the rest must surely give pride of place to Jane and Peter Hayes, proprietors of the Louis Tussauds House of Wax in Great Yarmouth.

I have never had the pleasure of visiting the infamous House of Wax, admission £5. It has been in business since 1955, so the owners, now in their eighties, must be doing something right, if only giving punters somewhere to shelter on wet bank holidays. But now that the museum is about to close, and the premises converted to residential use, connoisseurs of the execrable should make a beeline to see its waxworks. Not one of them bears more than a passing resemblance to the original. They are so bad they are brilliant. Laugh-a-minute stuff. Car crashes in wax.

Louis Tussaud, the museum’s founder, was the great-grandson of Marie Tussaud, who gave her name to the celebrated Madame Tussauds in London; but if anyone thinks talent runs in families, the House of Wax should give them pause. The waxworks at Madame Tussauds are so lifelike that, when newspapers print photographs of the waxwork and the subject side by side, it is hard to tell the difference. At the House of Wax, by contrast, if the waxworks were not labelled, you would not have an earthly who they were meant to represent.

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