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Barnsley's Unicyclist Ready For Winter

Wednesday November 6 2013


The photo which started it all off! The photo which started it all off!


REMEMBER this unicyclist from last winter? We've been in touch with him and he's looking forward to this year's snow!

Matt Townsend, 22, started off riding with his friend Danny Watson, going to and from Barnsley College.

Since being photographed by someone on We Are Barnsley last year, the photo has turned into a phenomenon!

"Danny had one in the back of his garage so we pumped its tyre up and started riding it," said Matt, of Gateway Plaza.

"I'm a keen cyclist so the balance thing isn't really an issue - if you fall you can only land on your feet. 

"It's twice as fast as walking and you can take it anywhere, whereas if I was on a bike I couldn't."

Matt, who is now studying music at University Campus Barnsley, has continued riding his unicycle throughout the year and says it's a real ice-breaker with passing people.

"I reckon 80 per cent of people love it. You get the odd person taking the mick but the reaction is usually great. 

"I went to the hospital the other week and they had me riding up and down the ward!"

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Reply Posted by Anon on Wednesday November 6 2013 at 13:02
Hi up hes got a wheel missing.

Reply Posted by Craig on Wednesday November 6 2013 at 13:13
you're one of the idiots that take the mick then.
good on yer mate, it beats walking anyday

Reply Posted by LOPL on Wednesday November 6 2013 at 17:08
and no brakes

Reply Posted by LOL on Saturday November 9 2013 at 09:01
WHAT NO SNOW CHAIN ITS A NO BRAINER

Reply Posted by LOL on Saturday November 9 2013 at 09:03
R DOES DA GI DI MATE A LIFT.

Reply Posted by sid on Wednesday November 6 2013 at 13:43
hes got more than a wheel missing,the dozy beggar.

Reply Posted by Zzzz on Wednesday November 6 2013 at 18:09
Boo, hiss, something different. Must knock it

Reply Posted by Pat Wilkinson on Friday November 8 2013 at 18:09
Well done,keep cycling.xx

Reply Posted by kilkenny on Friday November 8 2013 at 18:17
somebodies pinched the rest of his bike and the dozy idiot hasnt noticed

Reply Posted by barnsley bob on Friday November 8 2013 at 18:34
Kilkenny@ Sorry but your posts are getting tiredsome.Sure it is time for your 4K run..Jog on bitch!

Reply Posted by kilkenny on Friday November 8 2013 at 18:42
barnsley bob isnt it pass your bedtime.go play with your toys like a good little lad.

Reply Posted by sid on Friday November 8 2013 at 18:43
sid oink oink@kilkenny.

Reply Posted by Sal on Friday November 8 2013 at 18:44
Good on you for cycling. Must admit though you are a prat wearing shorts when there's snow on the ground.

For god sake get some long johns on and some thermal socks and crack on cocka
LOL WAB I LOVE THE ARGUMENTS N SOME OF THE PRICKS ON ERE,,, MAKES ME LAUGH

Reply Posted by the voice of barnsley on Friday November 8 2013 at 19:22
BROTHER SID WHY ARE YOU AN YOUR FRIENDS MAKING ANIMAL NOISES-IM HERE IF YOU FEEL YOU WANT TO TALK ABOUT IT MY SON-KEEP THE FAITH BROTHER SID.

Reply Posted by Gail Townsend on Sunday November 10 2013 at 19:00
About the comments ! I rest my case !