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Thursday, November 1, 2012
A cult waxworks facing closure would present a “first class opportunity” for any entrepreneur, a tourism chief has said.
Louis Tussauds House of Wax in Great Yarmouth achieved fame on the internet for its models that look little like their subjects - from Mr Blobby to Diana, Princess of Wales.
But the much-loved Regent Road attraction could close as its elderly owners cannot find anybody to take over when they retire.
Peter Williamson, chairman of Norfolk Tourist Attractions Association, is a close friend of Mr and Mrs Hayes.
And he said the unusual tourist spot could be a wise investment for the right buyer.
It is always sad when a long-established operator of such a respected and well-loved attraction decides to retire, said Mr Williamson. The House of Wax represents a first class opportunity for any entrepreneur to come and join the Great Yarmouth visitor attraction scene.
Owner Jane Hayes, 82, currently runs the business with 85-year-old husband Peter.
She said: In June this year my husband was taken seriously ill with pneumonia.
We dont want to retire but when your health starts to decline you have to think.
It will be a shame as weve been here 57 years, and it would be nice to make 60, but weve no family interested in taking it on.
There are more than 150 waxworks at the attraction, which is run by Mr and Mrs Hayes and a team of three staff.
The attraction is also home for Mr and Mrs Hayes and they said they would rather not sell up, but would if somebody expressed interest.
Two planning applications have been lodged with the borough council - one to change the waxworks to a residential dwelling, and another to erect two new kiosks outside the museum.
To see photos of some of the waxworks, click the link to the top right of the story.
Click here to test your knowledge of its endearing exhibits which are famed for looking little like their famous subjects.