A pair of daredevil gardeners showed their never-say-die spirit when a 48-hour charity ride in the Isle of Man was scuppered by lockdown.
Civic Pride Rossendale volunteers Mike and Moira Speechley had been booked to take on the famous TT circuit – dressed as Evel Knievel.
Meeting up with nearly 100 other Knievels, the wacky challenge was two days of riding followed by a whole island treasure hunt, all to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support.
However, when the coronavirus outbreak put the skids under the couple’s travel plans, they decided they would bring the spectacle home instead – turning their Townsendfold garden into a model of the Isle of Man, complete with its own circuit.
Moira and Mike were joining Ride Cymru, aiming to fundraise through the riding challenge as well as tackling a treasure hunt around the island.
About 100 bikers dressed as Evel Knievels were scheduled to meet up in Heysham before heading off for their Manx rendezvous, and they were even aiming to break the world record for the most Evels in one place.
Moira, 55, explained: “Because we couldn’t go – in the true spirit of Evel Knievel who never gave up on things – we decided to be evil at home.
“So right across the country all the people involved did things at home. Some did little stunts in their gardens, other people went to work in their Evel Knievel suits.
“We all tried to enter into the spirit of it.”
With help with the sign writing from their lockdown pal Phil, from Austria, Mike, 59, and Moira spent a week in the garden painstakingly crafting elements representing tourist attractions including Rushen Castle, the capital Douglas, and an outline of the 37.7-mile long lap.
“We just used any odd stuff that was around the house,” said Moira.
“Bits of wood and polystyrene. We’ve not been out and bought anything.”
The couple, who have been together for 35 years after meeting at Salford University and had their first date on a bike, have lived in the Rossendale area for more than 20 years, and joined Civic Pride about a year ago.
To sponsor Mike and Moira visit their JustGiving page here.