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Revisiting This Is England: Alex Coleborn’s Jersey

Words and photos by Nathan Beddows

We felt it necessary to kick off the Ride UK Scene’s Issue at one of the most southernly points of the UK. The actual choice of Jersey came about through a series of in-depth marketing meetings about whereabouts in the UK BMX was booming but not being specifically targeted and documented. Actually no it didn’t, it came about through a drunken conversation with Alex Coleborn in Scotland one night when we were shooting his Ride UK interview and filming for his Shooting.it web edit. I think it roughly went like this:

AC: “Yo Beddows you should come to Jersey and get some pics there.”
NB: “Is there anything good to shoot?”
AC: “Not really but it will be funny and different.”
NB: “Alrite then, deal.”

That was about a month or so before Christmas and to be honest I probably thought that it would never happen. At the start of March I got a phonecall from Alex asking if I was coming over as he’s gonna be there for a while staying at his parents’ house. Well that’s that then, I’m having it, so I booked the ferry and brought along Alan Cairns from Nottingham with me.

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