A GIANT deck chair could be erected on a North Devon roundabout if a local businessman gets his way.
Rob Braddick, the managing director of Braddicks Leisure, was inspired to bring a monument to Bideford’s Heywood Roundabout, on the A39, after he saw a giant deck chair on Bournemouth beach in March. The roundabout is seen as the gateway to Bideford and Northam.
Mr Braddick said: “It would be a great bit of advertising for Westward Ho! I think people go past and don’t know Westward Ho! is just down the road. People miss it.
“I know it needs to be something you can see through the bottom of so the roundabout isn’t obstructed for drivers - so I think a deck chair is the perfect solution.
“I was prepared for the company to pay for it and I have been looking at where I can get one made. It would weigh six tons.”
Mr Braddick’s idea has been taken up by Bideford Town Council which is in the process of setting up a working group with Northam Town Council to discuss how to spend their town and parish fund from Devon County Council and Torridge District Council.
At Bideford Town Council’s meeting last night Councillor Peter Christie made a submission that the deck chair project should be discussed by the joint working group.
He said: “This is our chance to make something of the main entrance to the towns, it is an ideal solution and something worthwhile we can spend the parish fund on.”
The councillors agreed to take this idea forward and to start discussions with Northam Town Council to set up a working group.
Mr Braddick today said he thought it could become Torridge’s version of artist Damien Hirst’s statue Verity, of a pregnant woman brandishing a sword.
The statue is planned to be erected in Ilfracombe next month.
Mr Braddick said: “Why not? We could even get Damien Hirst to make our own Verity who could sit in the deck chair.”
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VIDEO: Mr Braddick said he was inspired by this giant deck chair on a beach in Bournemouth: