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Tewkesbury wins UK roundabout of the year

Britain has been waiting with bated breath, but the results are finally in. The Stonehills roundabout in Tewkesbury, England is the 2014 UK Roundabout of the Year....
Britain has been waiting with bated breath, but the results are finally in. The Stonehills roundabout in Tewkesbury, England is the 2014 UK Roundabout of the Year.

Kevin Beresford is the Chairman of the UK Roundabout Appreciation society (He is also known as the Lord of the Rings). He tells Carol, "There is nothing more expressive than the one way gyratory".

Beresford was particularly impressed with the Tewkesbury roundabout, telling Carol, " As soon as I approached this Stonehills roundabout it actually took my breath away. It was so imposing, so dramatic." The roundabout features a 5m tall wooden horse and rider, and the sculpture commemorates the Battle of Tewkesbury in 1471.

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The Stonehills roundabout as featured in Kevin Beresford's roundabout calendar (Photo: Kevin Beresford)

In his years appreciating roundabouts Beresford says he has seen all kinds of fascinating things, including one roundabout which had a laser and light show.

At present Beresford is compiling a calendar of roundabouts from around the world and he is asking for your help. Below is a picture of a roundabout in British Colombia, but Beresford doesn't know exactly where it is. Do you?

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Do you know where in British Columbia this roundabout is? Kevin Beresford wants to know. (Photo: Kevin Beresford)

Beresford says people are sick of seeing six-pack firemen on calendars and we should all be embracing more boring topics. He tells Carol, "if you think about it, artists have always focused on the mundane, you've got Warhol's can of soup, Tracey Emin's unmade bed, even Van Gogh would just paint his pipe on a chair, so I think it's good that people pick these things up and put them in calendar form". Beresford's next project is making a calendar of milk bottles.

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Roundabout enthusiast, Kevin Beresford (Photo: Kevin Beresford)

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