Only Fools and pub crawls

North Wales Weekly News - - WRITTEN BY YOU - BY TOM DAVID­SON tom.david­[email protected]­i­tymir­ @week­lynewsbay

AVIDEO of a trio of lads from Old Col­wyn dressed up as Only Fools And Horses char­ac­ters - com­plete with Robin Re­liant, has been watched hun­dreds of thou­sands of times on­line.

More than 40 men in to­tal took part in the fes­tive pub crawl on Satur­day in var­i­ous out­fits.

None how­ever could up­stage a home-made Robin Re­liant, com­plete with Del Boy, Rod­ney and Un­cle Al­bert (in the boot).

Ian Jones, a self-em­ployed joiner, was the mas­ter­mind be­hind the ex­trav­a­gant prop and started work on the Robin Re­liant roughly five weeks ago.

The 36 year old said: “The videos had some­thing like 330,000 views, it’s crazy. I’ve been get­ting friend re­quests from all over the coun­try.

“We dress up ev­ery year and this year we thought it’d be great to do Only Fools and Horses.

“We started work about five weeks ago, it prob­a­bly took a to­tal of five days work but it was spread out.

“It’s made out of wood and metal and a chopped up bike. But it has lights and ev­ery­thing.

“I al­ways say with fancy dress it’s the props that make it. And we still can’t stop laugh­ing about it.”

Ian started or­gan­is­ing the an­nual pub crawl for other self-em­ployed peo­ple in the town.

He said: “It was about 10 years ago and we re­al­ized there was no Christ­mas do for the self-em­ployed so we started one.

“And then seven years ago we started dress­ing up for a laugh.

“It’s just gone from strength to strength. This year for a change I thought we should do groups and pairs so peo­ple don’t feel left out.”

Costa Yianni, who runs Yianni’s fit­ness in Old Col­wyn, can’t be­lieve how well the video has done on Face­book.

He said: “It’s gone crazy. I put it up on Sun­day night and I just kept get­ting no­ti­fi­ca­tions.

“When I saw how crazy the Robin Re­liant was I had to film him and put it on Face­book.”

Costa, who dressed up as The Fu­ries from The War­riors, said Ian had out­done him­self this year.

He said: “Ev­ery year he gets bet­ter but this year it was some­thing else, he was get­ting car honks and ev­ery­thing.

“You can just see how well it’s do­ing on Face­book, peo­ple love stuff like this.”

Ian added the Robin Re­liant was now in a “top se­cret” lo­ca­tion and blue­prints have al­ready been drawn up for next year’s ef­fort.

Col­wyn Bay’s an­swer to Del Boy, Rod­ney and Un­cle Al­bert plus Robin Re­liant

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