Pranksters block off Isle of Wight road with dinosaur

By Matthew McKew

Saturday, February 13, 2016

 

Pranksters block off Isle of Wight road with dinosaur

The triceratops dinosaur model, Godshilla, in Godshill High Street. Picture by Chris Hollingshead.

SAURUS anything drivers passing through Godshill will have been shocked last night (Friday) to see this beast blocking their way.

Godshilla is the name of the triceratops that mysteriously made its way onto the High Street and has quickly shot to fame on Facebook.

It belongs to Martin Simpson of Island Gems, who said: "It must have taken five hefty lads to move it.

"It's great people are talking about it, but I wouldn't want to encourage anybody to cause a hazard for traffic."

The dinosaur has since been moved back, but not before a picture was snapped of it standing proudly in the road.

Godshilla has never been far from the public eye, with Martin once wanting to paint it pink to advertise his shop.

When he first bought it in 2007 for use at Dinosaur Farm in Brighstone, Godshilla was stopped by police as it travelled through Sandown.

Martin, who didn't know about the prank until he was contacted by the County Press, said: "We thought there must be a speed limit for triceratops or something, that we were breaking. But they just wanted to have their picture taken with it!"

Godshilla is due for renovation and once it has had a lick of paint will be moved into Island Gem's Jurassic Garden.

"We will then have a fence up, so this can't happen again," Martin said.

Patrons at The Taverners opposite have been talking about the prank.

Owner Lisa Choi said: "It must be the same people who tied balloons round its neck and put tinsel over it for Christmas. They've gone one step further this time."

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