Furniture store stars on Top Gear

Peter Martin, Jason Bloom, Paul Braithwaite and residents of Sunrise Senior Living in Southbourne: Betty Barnes, Barbara Littlewood and Miriam Ridgers.
Peter Martin, Jason Bloom, Paul Braithwaite and residents of Sunrise Senior Living in Southbourne: Betty Barnes, Barbara Littlewood and Miriam Ridgers.

A furniture shop got a tongue-in-cheek mention on BBC’s hit show Top Gear.

Shackletons, based on Weaving Lane, Dewsbury, and which has a showroom on Bradford Road, Batley, was mentioned in the team’s latest challenge.

Presenters Jeremy Clarkson and Richard Hammond created a vehicle specifically for pensioners.

They used the furniture store’s high seat chairs to give passengers some extra comfort.

Jason Bloom, national sales manager from Shackletons, said: “I have to say a call from Top Gear was not what I was expecting.

“However, keen to help and seeing the comedy value, we all totally embraced it.

“The ladies did look comfortable but ergonomically speaking I don’t think our chairs have a future in Fiat Multipla conversions.”

To view the chairs in action, visit the 53rd minute of the show. http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b01r2ckq/Top_Gear_Series_19_Episode_5/