April Fool’s Rio gag

‘RIO’ CROSS FOR BRAY HEAD SPARKS FURY

Bray People - - NEWS - MARY FOG­A­RTY

THE WICK­LOW pub­lic was tricked yes­ter­day morn­ing by an April Fool gag en­gi­neered by the team at East Coast FM.

The morn­ing news bul­letins read out by Gareth Far­rell in­cluded a re­port that the Cross on Bray Head would be re­placed by a replica of the Christ the Redeemer statue.

This was to be part of a planned twin­ning of Bray and the city of Rio De Janeiro, as the statue over­looks the Brazil­ian city.

‘ The orig­i­nal statue is 30 me­tres tall and stands on an eight-me­tre high pedestal,’ said the news reader. ‘How­ever the pro­posed replica for Bray would be half that height. How­ever, there are some con­cerns about what to do with the cross on Bray Head, which was erected there in 1950. One sug­ges­tion is to re­lo­cate the cross to the top of the Su­gar­loaf, fur­ther de­tails are ex­pected to be re­leased later to­day.’

The text lines in-stu­dio lit up with De­clan Mee­han on the Morn­ing Show say­ing people were fu­ri­ous at this ex­pen­di­ture by Bray Town Coun­cil.

An­gry lis­ten­ers said that this was a waste of money. ‘ What about foot­paths and lights?’ they said. ‘ What about houses that are va­cant? Coun­cil­lors out!’

Cllr. Mick Glynn went on air to go along with the pranks. He told De­clan that the of­fi­cials were over in Rio for St. Patrick’s Day and they put to­gether a twin­ning plan with the city.

‘ The cross has served us well and is a land­mark in Bray. We could move it to the Su­gar­loaf or some­where sim­i­lar,’ said Cllr. Glynn.

‘Lo­gis­ti­cally to get it up the hill would be quite ex­pen­sive and very dif­fi­cult. You couldn’t get trans­port up there so it would have to be moved up by hand. The next step was to get it lit. Get power lines up there and get lights on it. We could turn it green for St. Patrick’s or red and white at Christ­mas.’

He added that this would be a huge project in­volv­ing trips for pub­lic rep­re­sen­ta­tives to the whole South Amer­i­can re­gion.

The fa­mous Christ the Redeemer cross in Rio De Janeiro was at the cen­tre of the East Coast FM team’s April Fool gag.

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