Town Events 2009-13
The Warminster Wobble(June 12, 2009)
Click to view the first ever wobble!
A WEEKEND of fun on two wheels was enjoyed on 13 and 14 June when the Warminster Wobble moved into top gear.
The weekend cycling extravaganza began with a choice of three rides on Saturday all starting from the park in Weymouth Street.
Ride one was off road and headed for the local wood with a stop for food at the Hunters Moon..
The second ride was for families and led by Bill Fryer - Load luggers Ride of Pride!
“Hitch up your buggies and tighten the nuts on your child seat for a 9.5 mile easy going ride” - said the pre-wobble publicity, optimistically.
Ride three was an altogether more speedy event with a route taking in the best parts of the Wylye Valley with a stop at The Ginger Piggery at Boyton for a BBQ. (The pigs bred there are Tamworths, and have been for many years)..
Sunday was blessed with even more glorious weather for Wobble Day itself.
Starting from the park at noon and returning to the park the ride was designed be easy, no more than a mile, and open for all to join in.
There was a stop on the way round with a drink and a flapjack provided at the Conservative Club.
The wobble was started by Mayor of Warminster Tony Nicklin and encouraged along by ‘Prof’ Paul Crump from London, who was on stilts and on a bike at the same time.
“I got on my bike to get fit,” said the prof (pictured above), who amazed children with his self-raising flower.
Several cycle and sustainable transport pressure groups had stalls and there was the ubiquitous bouncy castle, plenty of food and a competition for the slowest 50 metre ride around the tennis court. (pictured right).
The fun continued though the afternoon with a display by the Pink Starlettes Baton Twirlers - minus one of their star performers who was nursing a broken foot.
“There was even the chance to buy a new bike - fortunately I had left my cheque book at home,” said Steve Dancey, for VFW.
"Vision for Warminster has enthusiastically backed any proposals which seek to improve the facilities and opportunities for cycling and highlighted any, such as the High Street improvement and the Fairfield Road drainage problem, which has made life more difficult for those on two wheels."
Wiltshire police were also present with Warminster's neighbourhood policing team beat manager Pc John Pearse in the saddle for the local constabulary. (Pictured left)
The Warminster Wobble Sunday became a real family outing as visitors to the Lakeside Pleasure Grounds discovered when the wheelspin of cycle wheels was complemented by the baton spinning of the Pink Starlettes......
Warminster Wobble took a literal turn as contestants tried to win the 'Slowest Bike' competition watched by timekeeper 12-year-old Sharra Oram who timed Tristan Andrews at an incredible four minutes 57 seconds.........while a 'strange bike' was being ridden nearby backwards by a Warminster Scout Group member.
Walking around the park there was plenty of much needed refreshment on a really fine summer day seeing Penny set up her Pantry in the Lakeside centre....
...and in the 'Info Marquee' everyone 'spoke' about real fruit jelly provided by Rachel and Teilo French. (pictured below)
and finally, a different sort of wobble --- ready.