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Biking comedian Ross Noble has lent his support to the Castleside Quarry MX project. Noble, who recently starred in a TV show where he rode around the country asking people to Tweet him ideas on where to visit, is a regular off-road rider and is always on the look out for new places to ride when he’s not on stage. He came across the Castleside Quarry site near Consett, County Durham and was impressed with what he found.
“Young kids getting on motorbikes and riding them in parks and on fields is dangerous for them and it gives all bikers a bad name when it is just a few of them, so somewhere like this is good thing,” he said.

The quarry was known as a notorious fly-tipping site until local businessman, Andy Davison decided to do something about it. Working with Durham County Council’s mid-Durham Area Action Partnership, the site has now been cleared of all the rubbish and is available for use every Sunday for just £15 per rider. Mr Davison is currently revamping part of the course and is looking for concrete pipes, large tyres, a scrap car, logs and other items to create obstacles. Noble said “The guys were saying that they are looking for odds and ends because they are doing this for the kids to get them to ride safely. There is a charity element involved and I am happy to help if I can spread the word.”

Check out Castleside Quarry’s Facebook page for more information on how things are going.