Captain Mainwaring statue sculptor returns to Thetford

Sean Hedges-Quinn, sculptor of Thetford's famous Captain Mainwaring statue, with mayor of Thetford T

Sean Hedges-Quinn, sculptor of Thetford's famous Captain Mainwaring statue, with mayor of Thetford Terry Jermy at the Dad's Army Museum, where Mr Hedges-Quinn drew a raffle ticket for the final of his 80 Mini Mainrwaring statues. Picture by Maria Cooke - Credit: Maria Cooke

Sitting proudly on his bench in a market town centre, Captain Mainwaring elicits many second glances and tourist snaps.

Sean Hedges-Quinn, the sculptor behind the iconic piece of Thetford artwork, has gone on to create likenesses of Yorkshire vet James Herriott, Lancashire singer Gracie Fields and Bolton footballer Nat Lofthouse.

But he returned to the Dad's Army Museum to draw the winning ticket for his final limited edition Mini-Mainwaring statue.

The Suffolk-based sculptor made 80 of the miniature Captains, which were sold to raise funds for the museum.

But it was decided the final statue should be raffled, with tickets being sold throughout the year.


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The lucky winner, a resident of Banham, claimed their prize at an event to mark the end of the Dad's Army Museum's 2016 season – which saw 10,000 visitors come through the doors.

Museum chairman Stuart Wright said: 'It was great to see Sean back in Thetford and hear about the great projects he has been working on but also to be able to thank him for his work creating the miniatures'.

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The museum will reopen in March 2017.

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