Stage and screen legend Brian Blessed appeared this morning from ears of giant maize to launch the summer season at York Maze.
Blessed is in Yorkshire partly as he has been filming the 100th episode of Who Do You Think You Are, in which the veteran star says he was ‘shocked and surprised’ by some of the revelations he encountered while searching for his ancestors.
"Kevin Whately told me that when they did his show, he was amazed and appalled to learn that some of his ancestors had been slavers. He washed his hands of them in the programme. Thankfully there’s nothing like that in my history!"
The maze this year not only includes the face of Blessed cut into the maize but also Yorkshire celebrities Jeremy Clarkson and Geoffrey Boycott.
Created from over one million living, growing maize plants, York Maze is not just the largest maze in the UK but an award winning, fun-filled, out in the country. Blessed, a proud Yorkshireman who turns 78 later this year and whose film and TV credits include Doctor Who, Blackadder, Star Wars: The Phantom Menace and of course Flash Gordon, was bursting with energy as he launched the maze, which opens to the public tomorrow just outside of York.
And yes, upon request he did bellow, "GORDON’S ALIVE!"