Funny looks as crowd of apes swings through Rivington
THE team at Rivington’s Go Ape adventure centre decided to engage in a little “monkey business” to celebrate Halloween — and invited our reporter Liam Thorp to swing by.
REGULAR readers of The Bolton News will have seen my face in the paper earlier this week when I headed to the University of Bolton’s special effects department to have the first stages of a monkey mask made.
This was because I was invited to the Go Ape adventure centre in Rivington for their Planet of the Apes Halloween celebration — which saw staff members become primates for the day.
The masks were painstakingly created by Richard McEvoy-Crompton, who is both an instructor at the centre and a lecturer in special effects at the university.
And Richard, who was inspired to create the masks because he is a fan of the film Planet of the Apes, enlisted the help of his students to apply the masks on the day.
The classic film won an honorary Academy Award for John Chambers for his outstanding make-up achievement.
In charge of my monkey makeover were first year students Katie Harris, aged 20, and 19-year-old Emily Smith, who attached the mask with an adhesive called Pros-Aide, before painting my face.
Emily, from the Wirral, said: “I’ve always wanted to work in special effects ever since I watched Casualty on TV as a kid and wondered how they made the injuries look so realistic.”
Katie, from Newton Le Willows, added: “I’m really into art and a massive film fan, so this course is perfect.”
Once we were done, I joined the instructors for some monkeying around and was then given a safety demonstration before taking to the course. Duty manager and “chimpanzee” Matt Innes, aged 26, who has been working at the centre for three years, said: “We have all been buzzing to be dressed up like this — hopefully the customers will enjoy it.”
And they did.
David Houghton from Adlington, who was taking on the Go Ape challenge with his family, said: “We were really impressed with the make-up — it’s very realistic and just like Planet of the Apes.”
Talking about the centre, Mr Innes added: “We have ladders, obstacles, big nets, Tarzan swings and a 200-metre zip wire. It’s a lot of fun and I would suggest that anyone who is unsure should give it a go.”
For more details, visit goape.co.uk l To see more pictures of Liam’s adventures, go to our website at thebolton news.co.uk
Comments are closed on this article.