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Dad's Army tribute statue planned
Dad's Army scene
Philip Madoc and Arthur Lowe in the submarine episode
A bronze statue of Dad's Army character Captain Mainwaring could stand in the Norfolk town where the BBC series was filmed, if a councillor gets his way.

Thetford town councillor Stuart Wright, 42, is aiming to raise 20,000 to fund the statue of the fictional Home Guard captain and bank manager.

It would stand near a monument to Thomas Paine, whose writings set the foundations of democratic government.

Mr Wright said: "The series was filmed around Thetford and I am a great fan."

Captain Mainwaring was played by actor Arthur Lowe in the series which ran on BBC television from 1968 to 1977.

'Seated statue'

It was set in fictional Walmington-on-Sea, which was said to be based in Sussex, but the series was filmed in the area around Thetford.

The fundraising campaign will begin next week when a new exhibition dedicated to the Dad's Army series, the Home Guard and Thetford in World War II, opens in the town's Guildhall.

Mr Wright said: "We want a seated statue to stand on a grassed area just off Bridge Street close to the Bell and Anchor hotels where the stars and crews of the series stayed while they were filming.

Dad's Army characters including Captain Mainwaring (second right) in a scene filmed near Thetford
Many of the outdoor scenes were filmed around Thetford

"I have been a great fan of the programme since I was a child and was asked by the Dad's Army Appreciation Society to become a guide for tours which come to the town."

Mr Wright is a part-time house husband, chartered accountant, civic society member and town councillor who is keen to bring more tourists to the town - 30 coach loads of Dad's Army fans have visited this year.

He said: "We have had a collection of pictures from the series for some time and were looking for a place to display them.

"After being offered a place in the Guildhall we collected other items and the exhibition began to expand so we could cover the Home Guard and the war years.

"The exhibition will be launched on Friday when the town's Christmas lights are turned on and we hope to open it for tours and local people regularly if we can get volunteers.

"The basement in the Guildhall is ideal for the exhibition because two episodes of the series were filmed there," Mr Wright said.


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