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Councillors roll over for ‘Zorbing’ in Midlothian

Cllrs Jim Bryant (left) and Owen Thompson (right) with Colin McNeill, director of Rolling Haggis Ltd

Cllrs Jim Bryant (left) and Owen Thompson (right) with Colin McNeill, director of Rolling Haggis Ltd

Two local councillors had a bumpy ride hurtling 180 metres downhill when they took on the latest attraction at Midlothian Snowsports Centre.

Councillor Jim Bryant, cabinet member for economic growth, and council leader Owen Thompson (both SNP)have become the latest thrill-seekers to take part in Zorbing, a new adventure pursuit which involves plummeting down a specially prepared track cushioned within in a large plastic ball.

The sphere containing both men teetered on the edge before dramatically picking up pace as it rolled down the specially landscaped track. It slowed as it entered a waterfilled ditch before coming to a halt to allow its occupants to get out.

“Great, that was great,” said Councillor Bryant as he made his exit from the giant orb and got to his feet. Speaking later, he said: “We’ve got to diversify up here – bringing in as many activities as we can and we’re looking for Hillend to become an adventure hub – the place to go for people looking for adventure close to the city.”

Asked if he would be coming back to the Zorbing track, he said with a smile: “To watch other people going down, yes, I could do that.”

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