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Speed cycle’s home on the ‘Loo Tour de Britain’

The 'Loo Tour de Britain' arrived in Arbroath on Saturday organised by 'Changing Places Through Pamis'.

The 'Loo Tour de Britain' arrived in Arbroath on Saturday organised by 'Changing Places Through Pamis'.

Arbroath man Grant Speed completed a gruelling, five-day 370 mile cycle to raise funds for changing facilities for people with profound and multiple learning disabilities in his hometown.

Cycling the last leg from Monifieth to Arbroath he picked up few enthusiastic volunteers along the way.

Reaching the stretched toilet roll finish line at Arbroath Harbour, Grant hopes to reach his £10,000 target.

He has seen the difficulties his sister Lois faces when out with daughter Kelsey and son Kein.

“I have seen the constant battle that Lois and my niece and nephew have been trying to access a suitable changing facility when they are out and about for the day,” said Grant. “Having seen the work done by PAMIS and the Changing Places campaign, I want to raise money to build a Changing Places Toilet in Arbroath.”

Long-time armchair fan of the Tour de France Grant chose the cycle route to coincide with the tournament which began in Leeds this year. After a weekend as a Tour Maker in Yorkshire, he hopped on his own bike and made his way homeward on what he dubbed ‘Loo Tour de Britain’.

The first phase of the journey took him 290 miles from Leeds to Edinburgh where he then cycled 70 miles bridge-to-bridge, from the Forth to Tay and then the final 10 miles from Kerr’s Miniature Railway to the Harbour.

Councillor David Fairweather and Derek Wann, Conservatives candidate for Angus met with Grant following his arrival at Holyrood Palace last Thursday. Mr Wann said: “I thought he would be knackered but he seemed fine. He is an inspirational chap.”

 

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