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Radiohead gives Southwold's show a thumbs up

PUBLISHED: 13:00 03 March 2011

Thom Yorke of Radiohead performing live. The band has given its approval to Southwold's Under the Pier show.  Photo: Tim Cochrane/PA Wire

Thom Yorke of Radiohead performing live. The band has given its approval to Southwold's Under the Pier show. Photo: Tim Cochrane/PA Wire

Avant-garde rock band Radiohead have revealed their support for a Suffolk tourist attraction.

Inventor Tim Hunkin, who creates the quirky arcade games at Southwold Pier. Photo: Lucy Taylor

When fans of the world famous band logged on to Radiohead’s website last week to download their new album, The King of Limbs, they would have spotted a link to Southwold’s very own Under The Pier show.

The band has given its approval to Southwold Pier attraction, which features the weird and wacky inventions of Tim Hunkin, and put a direct link on their web page.

One of the band writes: “I keep trying to go there, but not quite making it. Maybe you’ll have better luck. Go to Ipswich and turn right.”

The Under The Pier show features a number of madcap games and un-PC exhibits, including Whack-a-Banker, the Booth of Truth and Autofrisk. The latest – Pet or Meat – has just been added and is proving popular with visitors.

Mr Hunkin, a scientist and inventor who lives near Southwold, said he was very pleased with the recommendation, even though he admitted he is no fan of the progressive rock band, whose recent work has been dominated by electronic experimentation.

“I’ve no idea how it came about, although I’m glad they like what they’ve seen or heard,” he said. “It (the show) does have a very nerdy following from people who like to mess about with electronics and I think that’s where the overlap might be with Radiohead fans and how the band came to hear about it.”

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