Nude couple riding on tandem bike for charity sparks calls to lock them up

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A cheeky naked couple rode through a busy town centre on a tandem bike over the Jubilee weekend and waved for the cameras.

People enjoying the Platinum Jubilee celebrations on Lord Street in Southport may have been excused for being distracted mid-conversation around 7pm on June 4.

Sharon Rimmer, who was in the passenger seat of a car that drove past the nude pair and managed to capture a video of the peculiar sight.

Speaking to the Liverpool ECHO: "We were driving through Southport town centre last night at about 7.15pm down Lord Street. We slowed down to ask them what they were doing and they said they were cycling from Land's End to John o'Groats for charity."

The bike ride through Southport was a practice ahead of their big ride to raise money for Rewilding Britain, which works at "restoring ecosystems" to a point where nature can maintain itself again, as well as for the mental health charity MIND.

The people involved are from the naturist group Free Wilders who encourage rewilding across the country.

Posting on their Facebook page, they said: "Fab practice ride to Southport today. Today was about testing our lovely merino saddle covers made by Owen Barry Tannery! Check out our mission later this month, 1000 miles naked for Rewild Britain and MIND."

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The 874-mile trip will take place later in the month, with two people cycling north to south and two others cycling south to north in a bid to raise as much money as possible.

Colin and Sadie, the two cyclists spotted in Merseyside yesterday, have started up a fundraiser to raise funds for equipment with the pair expecting the trip to take up two weeks as they take their time throughout the journey.

While the bike ride was for a good cause, locals were divided over their public nakedness, as one outraged reader said: "Lock them up for that there are little kids everywhere and the echo thinks it’s funny? What’s the world coming to accepting sick behaviour like this?"

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Another added: "Why weren’t they arrested for indecent exposure, exhibitionists! You don’t need to get naked to raise money."

However, others praised the duo for their charity work, writing: "Why do people seem to have a problem with this? It's just naked bodies…we all have them. They're also doing it for charity, hats off to them."

Another wrote: "That's the trouble with this country, Old Victorian attitudes, there nothing wrong with the human body it's just that we're all different."

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