Why film star is train­ing in town

Coventry Telegraph - - FRONT PAGE - By CLAIRE HAR­RI­SON Nuneaton Re­porter news@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

A NUNEATON mo­tor­bike in­struc­tor has re­vealed how he came to be train­ing Hol­ly­wood heart throb Tom Hardy.

The Bat­man and Taboo ac­tor was spot­ted at a petrol sta­tion in the town on Satur­day and took the time to chat to fans and even pose for pho­tos.

It came to light that Hardy has been tak­ing bike lessons courtesy of Two Wheels mo­tor­cy­cle train­ing school, which is run by Tim Smith and his wife Sue.

Tim, who has run the busi­ness for 12 years but has been an in­struc­tor for 20, said he can­not be­lieve the at­ten­tion given to the fam­ily run firm.

“I thought it might get a lit­tle bit out of hand, but not to the ex­tent it has!” he said.

“He has been hav­ing some train­ing with me, we stopped to get some petrol and we got mobbed.”

Tim and the muchloved ac­tor - who has also starred as Bane in the Dark Knight Rises and both the Kray twins in Leg­end - were spot­ted at the Esso petrol sta­tion in White­stone on Satur­day and they were quickly sur­rounded by some of Hardy’s ad­mir­ers.

Among them was Joanne Vowles who said: “He was so hum­ble, drop-dead gor­geous and a lovely bloke.

“I spot­ted him and I thought it just can’t be, so I looked again and he smiled. I asked him if he was Tom Hardy and he said yes. He came over, had a chat and we asked if we could take pho­tos. He said ‘no prob­lem, put them on Face­book’.”

How­ever, his stay at the petrol sta­tion was short­lived, with Tim ex­plain­ing: “We were only there about five min­utes, he (Tom) was re­ally good, he had pho­tos with lots of peo­ple and spoke to them, then I said we ought to go.”

Due to sign­ing con­fi­den­tial­ity pa­pers, Tim said he can­not com­ment on whether the star has taken his test or if he is con­tin­u­ing to have lessons.

But he did con­firm the star is not stay­ing in the area and went on to ex­plain how the book­ing for lessons was made.

“He (Tom Hardy) went into the Bike Shed in Lon­don, which has a lot to do with Triumph in Hinck­ley, we do a lot of work with Triumph and train a lot of the staff,” said Tim.

“So we were asked if we could pro­vide some train­ing for him (Tom) and ob­vi­ously we said yes.”

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