Madame Tussauds Blackpool celebrate 40 years of Jack Duckworth

It’s been four decades since the much-loved Corrie character was first seen as Vera’s long suffering hubby.

Jack and Vera are still on-screen in the weekday repeats of Classic Coronation Street on ITV3.

“Jack Duckworth is a Coronation Street legend, so we wanted to do something to truly celebrate his character and the fantastic years spent on the cobbles. Jack’s loveable character pulled at the heart strings of households across Britain for 31 years, so we wanted to give his wax figure a ruby red makeover to truly celebrate his first appearance on the show and honour the TV legend’s 40th anniversary.” – Matthew Titherington, General Manager at Madame Tussauds Blackpool

To celebrate, 40 years since Jack Duckworth first appeared on ITV Granada’s Coronation Street, Madame Tussauds Blackpool has given the iconic Corrie character’s wax figure a unique ruby makeover. Played by actor Bill Tarmey, Jack Duckworth first appeared on the show in November 1979, making him one of the most loved and longest-serving characters to walk the Corrie cobbles.

Described as loveable rogue, Jack was renowned for his dry but witty humour, his love for pigeons and long-standing marriage to on-screen wife Vera Duckworth, played by Liz Dawn.  As a tribute Jack Duckworth’s TV anniversary, Madame Tussauds Blackpool is paying homage to the Corrie legend by jazzing up his attire with striking new ruby red pieces – to truly celebrate 40 years in style.

Vera was first seen in 1974, with Jack appearing four years later. They moved into Coronation Street in 1983.

Jack and Vera at Madame Tussauds Blackpool in their usual look.

Jack’s trademark green rain jacket remains, but his wax figure has been kitted out with a new dapper red bowtie, his braces have been given an extra spruce with ruby red sequins, and his NHS specs have a sparkling new style too.

Perhaps the most striking item, is Jack’s new glittering red beer tankard, a first for Coronation Street, proudly placed on the bar top within the attraction’s fully licenced, replica Rover’s Return. At Madame Tussauds Blackpool visitors can see Jack Duckworth’s dazzling wax figure outside recognisable, blue-bricked, number 9 Coronation Street, with his beloved wife Vera.

“Jack Duckworth was well-known for his love of beer, so we gifted his wax figure with a one-of-a-kind, glittering ruby red beer tankard, to celebrate the sparkle he brought to the show for over three decades.” – Matthew Titherington, General Manager at Madame Tussauds Blackpool

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Jack Duckworth’s wax figure ruby makeover – a ruby red bowtie and sparkling beer tankard, pictured in the resorts Rovers Return.

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  • I will say we all miss Bill Tarmy he was a Gentleman so sadly missed in Corrie as Jack Duckworth was a great part for him to play and Bill was a great singer too so sad Bill but we got our great memories of him in Corrie with Very!!