Nationwide manhunt ends on Weston-super-Mare’s Grand Pier

Friday 26th July

A nationwide manhunt for a pair of popular radio presenters ended in a ‘Grimmy’ find on the Grand Pier in Weston-super-Mare.

For the second year running, BBC Radio 1 stars Nick Grimshaw and Greg James were at the heart of what they have described as the world’s biggest game of hide and seek.

Last July, the pair were in hiding for 22 hours and 40 minutes before being discovered in Liverpool’s iconic Liver Building.

This time round they lasted 25 hours and 40 minutes before being tracked down on the Grand Pier by a listener called Scott.

The duo were in a makeshift studio in the boardroom at the top of the iconic seafront landmark’s South Tower.

Scott found his way to the tower only to be faced with a closed door and a sign which read “meeting in progress”.

He knocked on the door and uttered the phrase “Grimmy and Greg, come out, come out, wherever you are” but got no response.

Undeterred, Scott found another flight of stairs behind the door, which led to the boardroom at the top of the tower, where he found the pair, who celebrated being able to come out of hiding by letting their hair down on the Grand Pier’s Go-Karts.

The drama all unfolded on Tuesday morning (July 23) when Nick Greg plus fellow DJ’s Maya Jama and Jordan North all left the Radio 1 studios and were taken to the Tower of London, all seemingly unaware of what awaited them.

But then Greg said: “The Tower of London has nothing to do with anything. And it’s now time for us to run.”

He and Nick ran down a jetty, put lifejackets on and hopped onto a boat, much to the amazement of Maya and Jordan.

Shortly afterwards, the pair announced that their fellow DJ’s were tricked, and that “the world’s biggest game of hide and seek is back!”

Since then an army of loyal listeners turned amateur detectives as they were fed a series of cryptic clues before a six-strong shortlist of possible locations was identified; Newquay, Brighton, Southampton, Plymouth, Southend and Weston-super-Mare.

Clues including, “it's a coastal town, it is famous for donkeys, has many fast food chains in close proximity and has a tower/pier” led listener Scott to seek out the pair.

After being found, Greg said: “I love doing this, what a laugh”.

Nick added: “It was so, so fun! Thanks everybody for making this happen.”

Lucy Graham, Group Marketing Manager for the Grand Pier, said: “They came down last weekend and set up on Sunday, before arriving on Tuesday afternoon to hide in the boardroom.

“We were all sworn to secrecy as the whole country started to search for them.

“It’s been great fun and we’re delighted that they chose the Grand Pier for their location, as fun and exciting experiences is what we are all about.

“It was also quite a challenge, too, getting them on and off-site without customers or staff on the Pier seeing them.

“Just a couple of us on the Pier knew about it, and as the two of them said, they were hiding within easy reach of around 150 members of staff and something like 10,000 visitors.

“So, they were right under the noses of so many people, but managed to stay hidden for longer than their first Hide and Seek challenge.

“We have been involved in planning this for weeks with the BBC production team, and it has been a pleasure to be involved in it and to work with them all, and also a relief that we can now lift the veil of secrecy and return to normal.”

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