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Bexley cabbie launches iconic Tower Bridge game

PUBLISHED: 12:04 20 September 2012

Jim Walker with his board game

Jim Walker with his board game

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A Bexley taxi driver who has spent his life on or around Tower Bridge has invented a 3D board game about the iconic landmark.

Creative cabbie Jim Walker, 54, designed the Bridge Up game after spending 17 years crossing the bridge every day in his taxi.

Last week he officially launched the game, which will be stocked in the Tower of London gift shop and Hamleys.

Mr Walker said: “The bridge is something close to my heart. “I lived next to it in Mill Street for 37 years and played under it as a kid. It’s part of my childhood.

“Now I’m an inventor and I wanted to make something that was fun but also educational, so I designed this 3D game, all centred around Tower Bridge.

“The best thing is that is educational, it teaches you facts about the bridge and helps kids with their spelling too.”

To celebrate the launch Mr Walker has even been invited to the bridge’s control room to open it’s iconic span himself.

The game sees players travelling up and down the Thames collecting letters by answering fun trivia questions, before spelling out Bridge Up to win the game.

Since growing up in the bridge’s shadow, in the Dickens Estate, Southwark, Mr Walker has been a proud taxi driver for 17 years, and had famous Londoners like Victoria Wood, Ricky Gervais and Richard Wilson in the back. He might find less time to chat with them, as Hamley’s have just confirmed an order for his game as well as a number of online stockists.

Mr Walker said: “The whole experience has been incredible. I just hope it takes off even more as I have plenty more ideas.”

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