From scrapman to batman

HOLY smoke!From scrap man to Batman, this caped crusader is about to be let loose on the streets of Ipswich.

Naomi Cassidy

HOLY smoke!

From scrap man to Batman, this caped crusader is about to be let loose on the streets of Ipswich.

Charlie Baker, joint owner of Whip Street Motors, will be jumping on to his very own batmobile (his bicycle) dressed as the famous superhero and riding from his home in Gotham City (Ipswich) to Felixstowe in aid of charity.

His challenge on Sunday, August 31 coincides with the latest Batman film, The Dark Knight, which is already breaking box office records.

Mr Baker, a father of two from Colchester Road, has taken part in a number of fundraising activities for St Elizabeth Hospice over the years and hopes that his latest adventure will lead to lots more cash.

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The 29-year-old said: “I have found an awesome costume and will be cycling from my house to Felixstowe Market. I decided to do it on a Sunday because then there might be more people around who could donate some money.

“I wanted to do it for the charity because a few of our customers have died in the hospice and it has been a good support for the families. I like to know I have done my bit and the charity is a local cause.

“I think it is worth looking stupid for one day if I can help to make a difference.

“I own Whip Street Motors with my three brothers and we have offered to match pound for pound all donations made by the public.”

Every December Mr Baker dresses up as Santa Claus and cycles to work in aid of the hospice. Whip Street Motors also recently donated £610 to the charity after asking their customers to make donations.

If you would like to support Charlie and his fundraising effort, call Whip Street Motors on 01473 830719.

Donations can be made at both the yards in Whip Street in Ipswich and Paper Mill Lane in Bramford.

He will be setting off from Ipswich at about 10.30am and arriving in Felixstowe at 11.30am.

- Are you doing something different for charity? Write to Your Letters, Evening Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, IP4 1AN, or e-mail


- Batman was originally a fictional comic book superhero, co-created by artist Bob Kane and writer Bill Finger

- The character's first appearance was in Detective Comics in November 1939

- The first adaptation of Batman was as a daily newspaper comic strip which premiered on October 25, 1943.

- The Batman television series, starring Adam West, started in January 1966

- The Dark Knight, starring Christian Bale and the late Heath Ledger, set the record for the highest grossing opening weekend of all time in the US, pulling in approximately $158.4 million

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