Spudman kicked off pitch by council as he's left 'devastated'

Spudman with a customer
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Staffordshire-based TikToker Ben Newman is being forced to relocate his much-loved potato van due to redevelopment plans. Spudman as he's better known is currently stationed by St Editha's Church in the heart of Tamworth.

His roadside enterprise attracts crowds from across Staffordshire and around the globe. But the local authority has requested that all stallholders relocate temporarily as t work begins around St Editha's. The offered alternative, the town centre, leaves Ben fretting over the potential unrest his following could bring.

Concerns are raised regarding the number of people travelling from across the country to his stand may inconvenience other traders who operate from the same location. The impending move comes as a major blow to Spudman, who is still adjusting to the news of leaving behind his familiar pitch, reports the Mirror.

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Expressing his dismay, Ben said: "We are getting kicked off our pitch by the council. I love this spot, by the church, on the square, absolutely beautiful and we're getting kicked off."

Bracing for the upcoming changes, he added: "We knew it was coming because they are redeveloping all the square, we didn't realise it was going to happen this soon. Where are we going to go and what are we going to do, I don't know just yet. It will be better in the long run and we will be coming back but what do we do in the meantime? Can't believe I'm getting kicked off."

Spudman enthusiasts were left reeling and flocked online to propose he counter the eviction by hitting the road with his show. One suggested: "Take Spudman around the country and share the love."

Echoing the sentiment, another said: "Go on tour, that would be sick!" Meanwhile, a third queried: "How easy is it to move the trailer around, could you do Spudman on tour until you get your pitch back."

Some supporters were flabbergasted by the eviction itself and called for the council to rectify the situation One said: "If they can't give you a suitable spot, will they compensate for your loss of earnings?"

The Mirror has reached out to Tamworth Council for a statement.

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