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New date set for Bradford city centre escapologist stunt show
An escapologist has rearranged the date of a dare-devil stunt show planned for Bradford city centre.
Local man Antony Britton was planning a spectacular homecoming show in Centenary Square last Saturday.
But after being declined funding from Bradford Council, Mr Britton was forced to postpone and has now decided to hold the event in November, which would give him time to find a new sponsor.
In the stunt, a world first, Mr Britton will give himself 90 seconds to escape from a cage dubbed ‘Lucifer’s Chamber’, while fastened by 22 locks, multiple chains and seven shackles.
He also hinted at an ‘explosive’ element, as the contraption would be fitted with four fuses.
There would also be entertainment from live musicians and a magician.
Mr Britton had applied for a £2,500 grant from Bradford Council’s Visitor Promotion Fund, but this was unsuccessful.
Finance bosses told him the Visitor Promotion Fund didn’t pay out to events raising money for a specific charity, and that successful bidders were also expected to have ‘community participation’ as a core aim.
A Council spokesman said: “There are strict criteria for granting funding from the Visitor Promotion Fund, unfortunately this application did not meet the criteria.”
The event, a fundraiser for Help For Heroes, will now take place on Saturday, November 9, the day before Remembrance Sunday.
Mr Britton, who was brought up in Saltaire and now lives in Huddersfield, said he was looking on the bright side and thought the new date was quite appropriate.
He said: “It may turn out that Bradford Council have done us a favour, after all.
“The day before Remembrance Sunday couldn’t be more appropriate to raise money for our fallen and injured service personnel. And putting the event back a couple of months will give time for a local company or benefactor to step forward and help with sponsorship.”
Each year Mr Britton’s organisation, Escape For Life, puts on a free show. Last year, he got out of a straitjacket while hanging upside-down above a river in Wakefield.