Kettering company creates Caribbean kingdom

Pirate island, designed by Kettering firm The Master Wishmakers. Picture: Adam Duckworth/The Master Wishmakers
Pirate island, designed by Kettering firm The Master Wishmakers. Picture: Adam Duckworth/The Master Wishmakers
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A Kettering firm has created a multi-million pound pirate-themed paradise, complete with an artificial island, a beach and even its own working pub.

The design, sitting inside a former 13 million gallon lake in Cambridgeshire, was created by The Master Wishmakers, which is based in Bath Road, Kettering.

The 18-month project, known as Challis Island, was commissioned by a wealthy private client, and is situated in a lake three metres deep.

The island is six metres high and is complete with a running river, lagoon, waterfall, sun deck, boat dock and beach. A working pub called the Black Doubloon, a residence and a beach hut were crafted by hand in The Master Wishmakers’ workshop. A company spokesman said each individual feature, from the pub’s carved columns to the lanterns scattered around the island, had been made by hand.

Marketing director Nino Rosella added: “The end result is spectacular and it’s a testament to the creative genius of our directors and the superb skills of our craftsmen. It showcases the pinnacle of the manufacturing skills that the United Kingdom is world-renowned for.”