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Ben’s life-sized Dalek features in Jubilee pageant in London

A life-sized Dalek operated by Burton Fleming resident Ben Ross was one of four of Doctor Who’s greatest adversaries to take part in the Platinum Jubilee Pageant which was held near Buckingham Palace.

The pageant featured over 10,000 people from across the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth, combining street arts, music, puppets, a carnival and costumes to celebrate Queen Elizabeth’s 70-year reign, whilst honouring the service of people and communities across the country.

Ben, who first test drove the Dalek in Burton Fleming on Christmas Day in 2020, prompting a positive reaction from residents, was part of Act 2 of the pageant, The Time of Our Lives.

The whole experience of the Platinum Jubilee Pageant was fantastic, getting to spend the morning as a Dalek on Horse Guards Parade patrolling with the cast and crew was such fun.

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This section showcased how culture, technology, music and fashion has changed between 1952 and 2022, with Doctor Who and the Daleks airing on television screen for the majority of the Queen’s reign.

As well as taking part in the three-kilometre pageant, Ben also launched an ‘attack’ on Downing Street, whilst he rubbed shoulders with some star names, including supermodel Naomi Campbell and Coronation Street actor Antony Cotton, famous for playing Sean Tully in the ITV soap opera.

Still in his Dalek attire, Ben was also interviewed live on the BBC News Channel, with the appearance of Doctor Who’s most villains being so popular that it started trending on social media.

He told the Wolds Weekly that taking part in the pageant was enjoyable from start to finish.

“The whole experience of the Platinum Jubilee Pageant was fantastic, getting to spend the morning as a Dalek on Horse Guards Parade patrolling with the cast and crew was such fun,” said Ben, who was forced to turn down an invitation to the jubilee celebrations in Burton Fleming to go down to London.

“The BBC interview was even trending on Twitter. The 1960s bus was playing fabulous music and the crowds were amazing.

“I kept creeping up on the police guarding the route and exterminating them, to much amusement.

“I even attacked Downing Street, much to the delight of the three cops on guard.

“It was my first time meeting the other Daleks, so it was an absolute pleasure to get to patrol with Ben, Simon and Robert.

“Though we couldn’t recreate the famous image of four Daleks on Westminster Bridge, we’ve seen one picture of all of us and Big Ben in the background.

“None of us realised Naomi Campbell came for a snap, Decimus couldn’t see well enough and I was busy harassing the organisers.

“A highlight for me was when James Bond’s silver DB6 popped out its hidden machine guns and fired at me.

“I went back to exterminate it, but it was inconclusive!”

The pageant was the end of a busy weekend for Ben who was also taking part in an English Civil War re-enactment on the previous Friday.

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