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York Maze fireworks given ‘royal’ seal of approval with Queen lookalike Margaret Southcoat
10:13am Thursday 18th October 2012 in News
THERE was a right royal feeling in York for the second time this year as The Queen popped by in a surprise visit.
But after a number of double takes, members of the public realised all was not as it seemed as the Queen was in fact Hull-based lookalike Margaret Southcoat.
The stunt was masterminded to promote the York Maze Fireworks Spectacular on Monday, November 5, which this year has the theme Best of British. Tom Pearcy, owner of York Maze, said: “2012 has been a fantastic year with the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and the success of Team GB at the Olympics.
“Who better to launch the fireworks than Her Majesty? Unfortunately she wasn’t available so we have the next best thing in Yorkshire’s very own Queen lookalike.
“We’re celebrating an amazing year with a spectacular bonfire night event that will showcase the best of British music. Expect rousing anthems and lots of red, white and blue. It’s also an opportunity to give those Union Jack flags another outing and come dressed in red, white and blue for the party.”
Margaret will officially open the show at the ticket-only York Maze on November 5, which will include live music from local party band HUGE, food, a beer tent and fairground rides as well as the firework display.