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A history of April Fools' Day pranks and Surrey

PUBLISHED: 06:21 01 April 2015 | UPDATED: 11:16 01 April 2015

A new pork scratching flavoured beer from Hogs Back Brewery?

A new pork scratching flavoured beer from Hogs Back Brewery?

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From Surrey Puma spottings to 'Hand in your Hose' drought campaigns, Surrey has played host to some fantastic April Fools' Day Pranks over the years. Here's some of our favourites

Thorpe Bark to make Surrey theme park the most dog-friendly? (Photo: Doug Peters)Thorpe Bark to make Surrey theme park the most dog-friendly? (Photo: Doug Peters)

 

Jurassic Park came to Surrey as Farnham’s Birdworld implanted the DNA of the extinct elephant bird into an emu egg. With the egg showing signs of developing, experts hoped it would produce the first live elephant bird since 1880 when the giant species died out. There’s hope for the Dodo and the Passenger Pigeon yet…

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A new energy drink bhajis onto the UK market… The £1.99 ‘Curry in a Can’ contains a “delicious and nutritious portion” of processed meat, tinned vegetables and long-life basmati rice. Each 500ml can is also packed with 190mg of caffeine, over half the RDI and significantly more than Red Bull, Monster Energy and other well-known brands. The Curry in a Can looks set to go on sale later this year at India Dining in Warlingham.

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To ensure their dominance of the roads, Surrey Police teamed up with Woking’s McLaren Automotive. The commercial arm of the F1 racing company has donated a P1 supercar to the police’s top response driver. In recent weeks, witnesses have noted increasing incidents of blue flashes followed by spontaneously combusting speed cameras along the M25…

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Those ever cheeky chaps and chappettes at Hogs Back Brewery brought home the bacon early with the 2014 ‘launch’ of their brand new pork scratching flavoured beer, Back Scratchings. Its “not so subtle full flavour” with “lingering tones of Sunday roast” is “almost matched by it’s extraordinary strength” they say. Unfortunately, availability is highly limited: like when pigs fly. Oink.

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In ambitious proposals that promise to surpass the multi-million pound Hindhead Tunnel project, Guildford’s new road system is to take inspiration from the tales of Alice in Wonderland with the burying of the A3. Entrances will be designed to recreate the rabbit hole and looking glass.

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Britain’s worst drought for three decades instigated a government-led Hand in your Hose campaign, with Surrey gardeners pictured queuing to hand in their hosepipes outside Kingston police station.

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The UK’s most picturesque fibre cabinet has been named as Splayfoil Road in Weybridge by the Fibre Infrastructure Appreciation Society (FIAS), according to techweekeurope.co.uk. “Fibre cabinets have been given an unfair reputation, but it is important to remember that the iconic red British telephone box was not universally popular when the K6 model was launched in 1936,” says Floyd Ariapols, chairman of FIAS, which was formed in the wake of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea’s decision to refuse planning permission for a cabinet in 2012.

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To counter Leith Hill’s claims of being the highest point in the south east of England, Box Hill leaders aim to erect the world’s largest wind turbine which it’s hoped will produce enough energy to power large parts of the Mole Valley and house the highest restaurant in the UK. A twin cockerel to Dorking’s roundabout resident will be recreated to adorn its summit.

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Already one of country’s most popular attractions, Thorpe Park is now aiming to become the world’s first dog-friendly theme park. Following requests from visitors, they are set to launch a new annual ‘bring your dog to Thorpe Bark’ event to give guests’ four-legged friends the chance to enjoy some of the thrilling rollercoasters. The theme park will also offer a five-star kennel service.

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Woking hopes to cement its place in the sci-fi record books will the creation of a War of the Worlds theme park on Horsell Common. Guests will crashland in a Martian space ship before being whisked away on an adventure of destruction through the Surrey countryside and into the city of London.

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Share your own April Fools’ Day story spots and creations with us by tweeting @SurreyLife or e-mailing feedback@surreylife.co.uk. We’ll add them here as the day progresses...

 

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