World’s largest surfboard instead of giant deck chair for Heywood roundabout
By e_glanfield | Tuesday, October 02, 2012, 13:12
THE world’s largest surfboard could be erected on a North Devon roundabout instead of a giant deckchair after a Westward Ho! businessman changed his mind.
How the giant surfboard could look on Bideford’s Heywood roundabout if the plan is approved
Last month, we reported how Rob Braddick, Managing Director of Braddicks Leisure, planned to place a giant deckchair measuring more than eight metres tall on Heywood Roundabout on the A39.
Now, Mr Braddick has decided to change the design to a 42ft surfboard following negative backlash to the deckchair idea.
Mr Braddick said: “A lot of people didn’t like the deck chair idea. It had a lot of people talking about it, some people loved it but some people were against it.
“After reading the comments on social networking sites like Facebook, I saw somebody suggested the surfboard idea and I liked it.
“There were other ideas like a giant pebble and a Hockings ice cream van which were quite nice but I think the surfboard is good.”
The surfboard, which would be made from steel with a vinyl design overlay, would be cemented into the roundabout and secured in a steel frame, if approved by authorities.
At 42ft tall, it would be 2ft taller than the current world record holder in Australia.
Mr Braddick added: “The aim is to put Westward Ho! on the map. The roundabout gets a lot of traffic and people just drive straight across it to Bideford and onto Cornwall. It would be great to make people realise there’s a three-mile beach just down the road.”
“The whole of Westward Ho! would benefit from it.”
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