Pendle family’s robot wins UK fight title

WINNERS: Glyn Dawson (59), from Colne, and his sons, engineer Graham Dawson (38), from Barrowford, and electrician Mark (35), from Lytham, with their 16st. robot Big Nipper (S)

WINNERS: Glyn Dawson (59), from Colne, and his sons, engineer Graham Dawson (38), from Barrowford, and electrician Mark (35), from Lytham, with their 16st. robot Big Nipper (S)

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A ROBOT created by a Pendle family has beaten tough competition to be named winner of a prestigious UK competition for the second time.

Created by weaver Glyn Dawson (59), from Colne, and his sons, engineer Graham Dawson (38), from Barrowford, and electrician Mark (35), from Lytham, 16st. robot Big Nipper was crowned champion at this year’s Fighting Robot Association’s UK Heavyweight Championships, based in Flintshire. It also won the coveted title back in 2007.

Glyn, Graham, and Mark created Big Nipper, who is made out of titanium, 10 years ago, after being inspired by the BBC Two programme “Robot Wars”.

They realised that with their combination of skills, they would be able to produce an award-winning machine, and have since been entering Big Nipper in competitions all across Europe. The trio have never looked back.

They are also the proud creators of three “featherweight” robots called Little Hitter, Little Spinner and Little Flipper.

Glyn said: “We all watched ‘Robot Wars’, and thought that we could do better. We got into it that way.

“Between us we had the skills to build a robot. It is a family effort.

“There are very few teams that are families, and it is hard to get the right collaboration of skills.”

The Fighting Robot Association is the governing body for robotic combat and competition. Featuring robots that have competed in “Robot Wars”, “Battlebots”, and “Technogames”, members make up a strong community of roboteers dedicated to the sport.