May 19 2013 Latest news:
Tuesday, October 30, 2012
A cult Great Yarmouth waxworks attraction is facing closure, as its elderly owners look to retire.
Louis Tussauds House of Wax, in Great Yarmouth, has been run by a husband and wife team for 57 years, and both are now in their eighties.
The attraction enjoys cult status online for having waxworks that look very little like their subjects.
But since husband Peter Hayes suffered a bout of pneumonia this year they have had to consider the future of the Regent Road business.
And with no relatives interested in taking on the waxworks they are seeking planning permission to make the entire building residential.
Jane Hayes, 82, set up the business with her parents and now runs it with husband Peter, 85.
“In June this year my husband was taken seriously ill with pneumonia,” she told the EDP. “We don’t want to retire but when your health starts to decline you have to think.
“It will be a shame as we’ve been here 57 years, and it would be nice to make 60, but we’ve no family interested in taking it on. “It’s softly softly and we hope we will be able to continue as it’s also our home.”
They are pursuing a number of options, including closing the museum, finding new owners and seeking reduced rates from Yarmouth’s borough council.
There are more than 150 waxworks at the museum, which employs three staff besides Mr and Mrs Hayes, including a full-time manager.
Waxworks include Princess Diana, The Beatles and David Beckham, with the museum named after Madame Tussaud’s great grandson.
Two planning applications have been lodged with Great Yarmouth Borough Council by Mr and Mrs Hayes through agents Reedling Consultants.
The first is to change the waxworks to a residential dwelling, and the second is to erect two new kiosks outside the museum.
Click on the photo gallery at the top right of the story to see if you can recognise some of the wax creations.
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