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.
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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