Willy Wonka fan cycles past care homes on a penny farthing to spread lockdown cheer

A WILLY Wonka fan is spreading much-needed cheer as he cycles through his town on a penny farthing.

Robert Steadman, 48, has become a popular sight ­riding the vintage 6ft machine while wearing his movie-inspired outfits.


He pedals past care homes, waving at residents to try to cheer them up in lockdown.

And his popularity has grown beyond his home town of Alford, Lincs, as clips of Robert riding his bike have drawn millions of views online.

He said: “I just wanted to spread joy to people during lockdown who also might have been struggling.”

Robert has a collection of more than 30 vintage bikes.


But he saved for a year when he spotted the penny farthing for sale — saying: “I just knew I wanted to ride one.”

But it took the former Butlin’s Redcoat, a full-time carer for his mum, six months to master the six-stone machine.

Robert, who makes his own quirky clothes, said: “I look like a real-life Willy Wonka when I’m out and about riding my penny farthing.”


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