The Royal Family recently attended Westminster Abbey for a wedding rehearsal. The Queen, Prince Philip, Prince Charles, Prince William and Kate Middleton braved the cold weather to check out the Abbey for next year...... or so it seemed!! Mask-arade, the party mask company from Southam, Warwickshire were up to their tricks again with their unique range of Royal Family party masks. The ‘Maskateers' from the unique business have also personally met over 100 well known stars of stage, screen, sport, politics and music in their quest for star signatures. Director and Maskateer Ray Duffy told us "we try to meet the celebrities whenever they appear in public; before or after a show, awards presentations or a sporting event, we always ask them to sign a mask and give them one to keep" Duffy added "nobody has ever turned down our request yet, in fact every star that we have me has absolutely loved the idea."
If they can't meet the celebrity themselves, the Maskateers send masks off to the venue where they are appearing or to the star's agent, the response has been incredible and the walls of Mask-arade's headquarters are now adorned with over 250 framed, signed masks from famous people including Prime Minister David Cameron, Deputy PM Nick Clegg, John Travolta, Dame Vera Lynn, Sir Elton John, Harrison Ford, Bryan Ferry, Dannii Minogue, Wayne Rooney, Robert Plant and even former US President George W Bush! The innovative marketing strategy is paying off; several of the celebrities have since placed orders for more of their own masks. Buddy Greco ordered 150, Sir James Galway ordered 100, Brian Blessed had a couple of hundred and even TV Dragon Peter Jones ordered 30! Some stars, including Arthur Smith, John Otway and Stephen K Amos, Rick Wakeman, Roy Wood and Joe Pasquale have even used the masks as part of their act. Mask-arade's masks seem to be on TV every week at the moment, the latest viewing came on Children in Need night when Peter Jones wore a Heston Bloementhal masks! The Three Maskateers Ray Duffy, Chris O'Nyan and Dean Walton started the business in May 2008 and have not looked back since, they now supply over 600 fancy dress & party shops in the UK and sell 100's of personalised masks each week, mainly for stag and hen nights. Mask-arade believe that their signed mask collection to be the only one of its kind on the planet, and have even contacted the Guinness Book of Records to verify this.