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Bicycle wall of death to be showcased in Kettering

The UK's first bicycle wall of death is coming to Wicksteed Park, Kettering, this weekend  Photo credit: Steve Rideout Photography

The UK's first bicycle wall of death is coming to Wicksteed Park, Kettering, this weekend Photo credit: Steve Rideout Photography

 

The UK’s first bicycle wall of death will be showcased at Wicksteed Park this weekend.

The vintage circus attraction, named the Bomberdrome, has been hand-built by a team of Northamptonshire cycling enthusiasts in association with county film festival Film Northants.

Project co-ordinator Bill Pollard, a member of the Ministry of Bicycles (MoB), has spent the past month building the 26ft structure from hundreds of individual planks of wood.

The Ministry of Bicycles will now tour the country with the attraction, on which they will ride four bicycles while dressed as the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse.

Mr Pollard said: “I had seen guys in America make one of these and it looked like excellent fun.

“I decided to make the first UK bicycle wall of death and to showcase it at summer events.

“We have had a few setbacks like getting the funding together and then trying to build it in the pounding rain, but it has finally all come together.”

George Pollard, another member of the MoB team, added: “We tested it out for the first time the other night and it was really tricky to ride, but after a few hours we started to crack it.

“It is such an adrenaline rush to cycle around it and it is an amazing spectacle to watch.”

The structure was built at the workshop of cabinet making firm The Art of Wood in Northampton.

The project is also being supported by Film Northants, which has commissioned a documentary into the making of the Bomberdrome.

The documentary will be screened at the 2012 Film Northants ceremony in September before being taken to the Leicester DocFest.

Lily Canter, festival chairman of Film Northants, said: “We were looking for an unusual and eye-catching stunt to help celebrate our fifth anniversary when we heard about the Bomberdrome.

“It seemed to be an excellent, eccentric event to partner with and we can’t wait to see it in action at Wicksteed but also on the big screen at our awards night.”

The Bomberdrome will be showcased at the Wonderful Wheeled Weekend on Saturday, August 4, from 10am onwards and on Sunday, August 5, from 10am to 5pm.

 

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