More than 1,500
people flocked to Portmeirion this weekend to celebrate the
50th anniversary of the filming of the cult
TV series The Prisoner.
Members of the Six of One Society re-enacted some of the most
iconic scenes from the surreal sixties spy thriller - to the
obvious delight of visitors.
They cheered with delight when Rover, the giant white ball that
would recapture the show's star Patrick McGoohan when he tried to
escape, emerged from the sky with a growl.
Nearly 100 society members in colourful costumes re-enacted the
election parade from the episode Free For All, and members
took their places on a giant chess board to recreate the Checkmate
Actor Denise Buckley, who featured in the episode Dance of the
Dead, was a guest of honour, making her first visit to the North
Alan Beale, convention organiser from the Six of One Society,
said: "It was a very forward looking series in that it had
surveillance cameras, cordless phones and even a suggestion of
cloning - many of the things we have today. It also created
debate and controversy.
"We have people from all over the globe coming to the
convention. And of course, a new generation is now discovering
Abby Waysdorf, 30, a student from Colorado, US, said: "I really
like the vibe here but the main reason I'm here is for my doctoral
research on the subject."
Photographer Mike McCartney, younger brother of Paul McCartney,
who is preparing an exhibition and book about the magic of
Portmeirion, said: "When I left my home town of Liverpool this
morning it was raining but when I arrived in the beautiful village
of Portmeirion there was sunshine and an outpouring of love and
Martyn Ware, from the bands The Human League and Heaven 17,
created a three dimensional soundscape for Portmeirion based on the
sounds, music and dialogue from the original Prisoner series. The
soundscape was played every hour under the village bridge.
"I originally came to Portmeirion as a child and thought it was
a strange but extraordinary place," said Martyn, a keen member of
the Six of One society. "The people here are really wonderful."
A Portmeirion Village spokeswoman said: "The turnout this
weekend has exceeded all expectations, and they have enjoyed not
only some iconic moments from the cult TV series but also the
picturesque buildings, acres of gardens and the beautiful
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