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Sleuth special: Crazy story of the week

Redheads win free travel in Wigan – you can go to Skem for free if you’re a ginger

Published on December 8th 2009.


Sleuth special: Crazy story of the week

Sleuth’s just seen this from the Greater Manchester borough of Wigan, from that esteemed organ The Wigan Evening Post.

Sleuth’s looking through his family tree to see if there are any gingerbread men and women in his past - that'll prove he's eligible as a ginger parent. If so he’ll go mating for the public good, as a matter of urgency in the preservation of an endangered species. Maybe he can get a NWDA grant.

It’s made him happy over the insanity of the world.

Here we go.

‘Red heads can now have a free ticket to ride - Wigan's newest transport company is offering free tickets to passengers with red hair. From Monday 7 December, those with fiery manes can travel free on routes between Wigan, Warrington, St Helens and Skelmersdale on Strawberry Buses.

‘Although designed to add a touch of fun to their daily drives, the campaign also hopes to raise awareness of the decline of redheads. Strawberry claims that research shows red and ginger hair colours will die out inside the next 100 years. Wigan now has less than two per cent of residents with natural red locks.

‘Strawberry Bus managing director Oliver Howarth said: "At Strawberry we love everything red, so when we heard about the decline of red-haired people we wanted to do mark the news with our own tribute to redheads."

‘UK scientists say that racial integration and migration will reduce the number of people with red hair.

‘The proportion of redheads is about two per cent, apart from in Ireland and Scotland where numbers rise to eight per cent. People must inherit two specific genes – one from each parent – to have red hair.

‘Chances are smaller and that's why there are so few redheads. Strawberry will offer the Redhead promotion until December 15.

‘Bus drivers will have a colour chart to check passengers qualify. Dyed red hair will also count and drivers will not seek proof that patrons are natural redheads.’

Crazy.

Sleuth’s heard about the decline of redheads previously but didn’t realise it was getting so difficult for this blessed race. Curiously orangutan's are also faced with extinction. Why does the world hate redheads so?

Sleuth’s also intrigued by the fact that ‘people must inherit two specific genes – one from each parent – to have red hair’. He's looking through his family tree to see if there are any gingerbread men and women in his past - that'll prove he's eligible as a ginger parent. If so he’ll go mating for the public good, as a matter of urgency in the preservation of an endangered species. Maybe he can get a NWDA grant.

Then again maybe this clever bit of PR is to make sure somebody, anybody, goes to Skelmersdale voluntarily, even if it is for free.

Some famous redheads

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Pedro1874December 8th 2009.

Thought the bottom one was Gareh Negson. Good likeness anyway!

ChrisDecember 8th 2009.

Careful with the Hucknall caption there Schofield - remember Bainbridgegate?

Jonathan Schofield - editorDecember 8th 2009.

Ah yes but my publisher is a bit more robust shall we say than the top bods at the MEN were back then. I'm more worried about the Orangutan get upset.

Chris evansDecember 8th 2009.

Well that orangutan picture is about right. You normally only see apes on buses to Skem anyway.

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