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If you haven’t watched the video of last summer’s charity epic Monkey Moviestars, kindly do so at once by clicking on the word here just to the right of this word here here.

(Tame indeed, Mr Ninja, these guys are wildmen!)

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Fletchers Solicitors (aka BikeLegal) one of four companies taking part in Bankstone’s Monkey Monopoly charity epic (see previous news stories) have kitted their machine out in the colours of the British Super Bikes team they sponsor. Senior Partner Rob Fletcher is pictured astride a suspiciously souped-up looking monkey bike outside the firm’s Southport head office. Monkey Monopoly may not be a competitive event‚ the objective is simply to get round all 35 sites on the Yorkshire Monopoly Board within a single day to raise funds for Yorkshire Air Ambulance, but Fletchers are taking no chances with their equipment. Since our photo was taken the bike has been whisked off back to the workshop for further work. “It’s been thoroughly pimped,” confides Marketing Manager Richard Neve, another of the firm’s four-strong team of riders alongside Rob. “By the time we’ve finished with it, everyone is going to want one of these!”

Rob Fletcher mounts up for Monkey Monopoly


With less than two weeks to go until the big day on 8th July, teams from Bankstone, bike insurance brokers MCE, motorcycle accident solicitors Fletchers, and two from bike hire firm BLD are limbering up to ride 350 miles round Yorkshire in a single day, taking in all 35 sites on the Yorkshire edition of popular board game monopoly ‚ on a flotilla of 90cc monkey bikes. Before even setting tyre to tarmac the Monkey Monopoly event has already raised around a quarter of its £10,000 target for charity Yorkshire Air Ambulance. Bankstone’s Dickon Tysoe spent a day early this week test driving the planned route which takes in Leeds, Bradford, Sheffield, Hull, York, and a long loop round the North York Moors. The accompanying photograph shows him demonstrating the correct riding technique for monkey bikes in front of one of the way points, Ilkley Moor’s famous Cow & Calf beauty spot. To donate to the Monkey Monopoly fund please visit or to make a £3 reverse billing donation text MONKEY to 84010.

Dickon Tysoe rides an invisible monkey bike at the Cow & Calf

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