Kirton in Lindsey

A Lincolnshire man said it exceeded his expectations when he saw and played his winning game in person at The Crystal Maze LIVE Experience in London.

Ian Hansford, who lives in Kirton in Lindsey, has always loved Crystal Maze and believes the iconic 90s television show, which is still going today with a new presenter, is a “national treasure”.

The 34-year-old entered a competition to design a brand new game for the popular attraction in London and, after reviewing hundreds of entries, the team were blown away by Ian’s game and chose him as the winner.

Ian’s winning game, which is called Keys of Centotl, was then built in real life and will be played by thousands of Crystal Maze fans when it is launched to the public from Saturday, January 8. It is located within the Aztec Zone, which is Ian’s favourite from the iconic game.

Keys of Centotl sees players insert a key into pillars and manoeuvre them until the crystal can slide through. The name of the game came from Ian’s research and “a bit of world play” after he found out that there was an Aztec God of Maise called Centotl.

Lincolnshire’s Ian designed the pictured Crystal Maze game called Keys of Centotl. | Photo: Jonathan Hordle

Ian has played the live experience in Manchester five times before, but his trip to London on Friday, January 7 to try his game in person was his first time at the location in the capital.

He said it “definitely won’t be my last” to the London attraction, where he played his game and watched other people have a go, as well as having a back stage tour and seeing some other maze puzzles in action.

Ian, who is an administration assistant at Lincoln College, spoke to The Lincolnite about the inspiration for his game and what it was like seeing it in the flesh at the Crystal Maze attraction.

He said: “It was a close run thing between me and the person who finished second. When I won I thought ‘oh my goodness I’ve actually won it’. It’s exceeded my expectations. They’ve (Crystal Maze LIVE Experience team) put so much detail into it and I take my hats off to them, it’s incredible.

“I got the idea from the original television show in the 90s. There was one particular game where contestants had to take a giant Yale key and change indentations around and cause the pillars to move up and down. When they lined up the crystal slid off the wall.

“Seeing this as a child, it was the first instance of a puzzle that was simple on the surface but was more complex to do, which are the best kind of puzzles in my opinion.

“There was a particular episode where a contestant left a section (of the key) at the end and the game was abandoned. It was the first instance I saw someone ‘break a game’ and wanted to amend it so it doesn’t happen in the live experience. I broke one giant key down into several smaller ones and it seems to have worked out nicely.”

The Maze team trying out Ian’s game at the London attraction. | Photo: Jonathan Hordle

Ian loved Crystal Maze growing up and describes it as a “national treasure” and he has fond memories of watching the show.

He said: “It was by far my go to programme after school. Myself and my friends played our own versions of the game in the playground.

“There was so much variety in the show for different people and it stood out. Richard O’Brien (the original presenter) made the show what it is. He had a natural craziness that drew you in.

“They got the absolute right fit with the host first time, so he was a hard act to follow for those who have all done a good job since.

“I think Crystal Maze is national treasure. You look at game and quiz shows in years gone by and Crystal Maze always had that cult following, and the fact that the live experiences are still going strong shows there is an appetite for people to take a trip down memory lane.”

November 20, 2020 5.13 pm This story is over 13 months old

Developers have appealed against North Lincolnshire Council’s decision to reject plans to build 79 homes in Kirton in Lindsey.

The Strategic Land Group were denied planning permission to build on the land north of Ings Road in Kirton in Lindsey back in August.

This was after more than 200 objection letters were received from the community during the planning application process.

The council refused permission because they were not convinced Ings Road was big enough to enable access for the development.

Other reasons included increased hazards to vehicles and pedestrians and an overall reduction in highway safety.

In their appeal, the developers said “Ings Road is currently lightly trafficked and will remain so” and “persistent shortfall in housing land supply means that planning permission needs to be granted for more residential development sites”.

Initial plans for development.

Michael Orridge, a Kirton in Lindsey resident, said: “It is very disappointing that the applicant has decided to appeal the refusal despite the fact the application was unanimously refused by the Planning Committee of North Lincolnshire Council.”

Mr Orridge added that: “This clearly demonstrates that the community does not think development of these fields, located in the open countryside and accessed off a rural narrow lane, is suitable, logical or safe.”

November 3, 2020 11.43 am This story is over 13 months old

A local Airsoft club run by an RAF veteran has donated hundreds of food items to a North Lincolnshire food bank in the club’s latest charitable act of 2020.

RAF veteran Ian Lawrence and his fellow members at Lincolnshire Airsoft Club responded to a social media appeal from the Kirton in Lindsey food bank near Scunthorpe.

So far, over 300 separate food items have been donated by people of all ages at the club, in two separate drop offs.

Hundreds of bags of food delivered, with more on the way. | Photo: Lincolnshire Airsoft Club

A third delivery has been planned for Thursday, November 5, the day the country goes back into national lockdown.

Ian and the rest of the Lincolnshire Airsoft Club members have also spent 2020 helping tackle the coronavirus pandemic, creating PPE free of charge.

Over 5,000 face shields were made during the first lockdown. | Photo: Lincolnshire Airsoft Club

They were involved in the 3D printing of 5,215 face shields, provided 500 nitrile safety gloves and created nearly 60 litres of hand sanitiser.

LAC did all they could to help during the COVID-19 outbreak. | Photo: Lincolnshire Airsoft Club

LAC is also involved in the annual Poppy Appeal, raising money through charity auctions.

When asked about all of the group’s charitable acts, Ian said: “If we do not look out for each other, then who will?”

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