Gran­dad Gary ‘dreams up’ board game in his sleep

Macclesfield Express - - FRONT PAGE - RHI­AN­NON MC­DOWALL

AGRANDAD has pro­duced his own board game af­ter com­ing up with the idea ‘in his sleep’.

En­tre­pre­neur Gary Henshaw, of Oakhill Close in Tyther­ing­ton, has cre­ated the game ‘Forge the link’ af­ter say­ing he dreamt about the con­cept of the quick-think­ing trivia game.

Gary, 68, who is a re­tired sales­man and used to run Gary’s 50p shop on Bond Street, says as soon as he woke up he de­cided to make the board game a re­al­ity, and set about cre­at­ing his first pro­to­type.

He said: “I woke up in the mid­dle of the night and scrib­bled my idea down straight away.

“I’m re­tired now so I am al­ways com­ing up with ideas think­ing what I could do and this sounded like a re­ally good one.

“It’s been hard work, I had to come up with all the ques­tions, then I had to go to a box com­pany and a print­ers and put it all to­gether. I’ve driven my wife ab­so­lutely bonkers, but it’s been re­ally well re­ceived.”

Once the game was cre­ated, Gary, whose cousin Joe runs Henshaw’s Skip Hire, set about ped­dling his wares around the pubs of Mac­cles­field with a fan- tas­tic re­sponse. He said: “Every­one that I’ve shown it to loves it.

“It’s fun and it’s some­thing dif­fer­ent. My kids love it and they would give me true and direct crit­i­cism.”

Gary, who is dad to Lee and James and has three grand­chil­dren, said: “I took it into the Brock­le­hurst Arms in Poyn­ton and they have let me set up a lit­tle games area there. I just show peo­ple how to play and see what they think. It’s had re­ally good feed­back, so the next stage is to start sell­ing it.”

He added: “John Dou­glas has been ab­so­lutely fan­tas­tic. They are sell­ing the game for me and have put up a re­ally nice dis­play too, so I’m hop­ing to get a good re­sponse from that.”

The game has dif­fer­ent cat­e­gories and play­ers have 15 sec­onds to play. They then have to an­swer fur­ther ques­tions linked to the orig­i­nal.

Gary is now hop­ing to ex­pand the game so there is a child-friendly ver­sion and even a lo­cal ver­sion with ques­tions about lo­cal land­marks and even the Mac­cles­field Ex­press.

Gary’s game is be­ing sold at John Dou­glas in the Grosvenor Cen­tre and is also avail­able on­line from for­geth­e­link.com.

For more in­for­ma­tion about the game email for­geth­e­link@gmail.com.

Do­minic Sal­ter

Gary Henshaw with his board game

Gary has been invit­ing groups of friends to try out his in­ven­tion

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