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Captain Mainwaring

Captain George Mainwaring, bank manager and Home Guard company commander portrayed by Arthur Lowe on the BBC television sitcom Dad's Army
(Wikipedia)
Sean Hedges-Quinn
2010

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Description

Statue of Arthur Lowe in his role as Captain Mainwaring, seated on an elegant wooden bench, with his back to the river

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Annotation

The series Dad's Army (Wikipedia), written by Jimmy Perry and David Croft and and broadcast on BBC television between 1968 and 1977, was based on the comic misadventures of the Home Guards of fictional Walmington on sea, under the command of the pompous bank manager George Mainwaring. The site was chosen since the first episode, broadcast in 1968, had been filmed in the Norvic room of the nearby Anchor Hotel (now awaiting demolition), and during the subsequent filming the cast and crew stayed at the Bell Hotel, just behind the statue on the opposite side of the Thet. The unveiling of the statue follows a three year campaign and fundraising based on an initial design by local artist John Mayes by members of the Dad's Army Museum in Thetford to mark the years the sitcom was filmed in the town.

The statue was unveiled on 19 June 2010 by the writers of the series, Jimmy Perry and David Croft.

Arthur Lowe

Hayfield, Derbyshire 1915 - Birmingham 1982
English actor. He was best known for playing Captain George Mainwaring (Wikipedia).

Thetford / Captain Mainwaring

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Location N 52°24'49" E 0°44'45"

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