If you are a fan of hit TV show The Walking Dead, you may well have considered how you would survive the “zombie apocalypse”, but one Shropshire couple have taken it a step further by turning an old minibus into a “zombie response vehicle”.
Paul McKissick, 41, decided to renovate the van with his partner Adele after buying it from the RAF Air Cadets in 2012, and added the tongue-in-cheek stickers later as a “bit of fun”.
He plans to add fake blood stickers and “more guts and gore” to the bonnet this year.
“It was just an idea which came to me really. I’ve watched bits of The Walking Dead but I wouldn’t say I was a huge fan or anything like that,” he said.
“I saw another vehicle with a zombie sticker on it and I thought I could go one better, I suppose. It stops the traffic wherever we go. People ask for photos and selfies and we get all sorts of daft questions about it. Someone asked me if zombies really existed once!”
Mr McKissick, who is from Shrewsbury and has cerebral palsy, says the couple plan to take the vehicle to Scandinavia this year.
He said: “It’s actually a camper van and we’re planning to go over to Norway in it once we’ve finished refurbishing the inside. Our trips requires quite careful planning as both Adele and I are disabled.”
The recent zombie craze has triggered a number of light-hearted freedom of information requests to public sector organisations, one of which prompted the UK Ministry of Defence to reveal that civil servants were primed to ‘return the UK to its pre-attack glory’ in the case of such an event.
“In the event of an apocalyptic incident (e.g. zombies); any plans to rebuild and return England to its pre-attack glory would be led by the Cabinet Office, and thus any pre-planning activity would also taken place there,” said an official response.
In 2012, a freedom of information request forced Bristol City Council to reveal it had a “top secret” internal strategy document outlining how the council would respond to a so-called “zombie pandemic”, including ordering suitable equipment for tackling the un-dead, “where possible, in line with our buy-local policy”.Subscribe to our Newsletter