Charity Partner: St. Elizabeth Hospice
39 pigs and 30 piglets were let out of the pigsty for Pigs Gone Wild this summer! They helped Suffolk to celebrate the Year of Walking, by encouraging people to take to the streets, parks and public spaces with their trail map or their downloaded app!
Gone to Market!
The pigs raised an incredible £154,050 at auction, and together with other fundraising initiatives during the course of the trail, the final total stood at £200,000.
Pigs Gone Wild opened on 27 June and the eye-catching porkers were across Ipswich until 2 September.
After that, the pigs were brought together for the Ta Ta Trotters farewell event at Ipswich Town Hall before being auctioned for the Hospice on Thursday 22 September by Clarke & Simpson.
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Celebrity farmer and TV personality, Jimmy Doherty, the patron of Pigs Gone Wild, hosted a pig (Foodie Pig by Fern Abigayle Lough) at ‘Jimmy’s Farm’. His involvement helped raise awareness of the importance of pigs to the Suffolk area and highlighted the need to treat these intelligent animals with respect – through good farming practice and animal husbandry.
Pigs Gone Wild wouldn’t have been complete without featuring the most famous ‘Trotters’ in the land – aka Del Boy and Rodders. The classic British comedy sitcom, Only Fools and Horses, was often filmed in Ipswich and provided plenty of inspiration for The Trotters Pig by artist, David Graham.
The Suffolk Beaver Scouts turned 30 this year and decided to take part in Pigs Gone Wild as a crackling opportunity to celebrate the momentous milestone! Pig In Camp Blanket dressed as a Beaver Scout, complete with painted badges and scarf and aimed to inspire young people into the Scouting Movement, so it can continue for another 30 years.
Spotlight on the Artists
Artists from across East Anglia and beyond have taken part.
Wild in Art has sponsored 2 pigs. To Bee a Pig by artist, Sophie Martin, highlights the current plight of the bee – making the worrisome point that if bees don’t pollinate, serious agricultural problems could result.
Meanwhile, “Banksy of the bird world” artist Matt Sewell who studied in Ipswich and has illustrated for the Guardian and Barbour has created Hide and Seek. It’s inspired by the Minsmere Wildlife Reserve on the Suffolk Coast, an area of outstanding natural beauty, filled with an array of wildlife and home to elusive Bearded Tits.
Northampton-based artist, Ross White, has created Pigs Can Fly – the ‘Da Vinci’ of pigs. It has been scientifically proven that pigs are amongst the most intelligent animals – this brainy porkster has even created his own wings to fly.
Norfolk-based artist, Martin J Wall has created Ed Sheer-Ham – perhaps the most famous pig in the world right now! Martin wanted to select a famous Suffolk-born figure for his design, and Grammy award winner Ed Sheeran was an obvious choice. Ed loves the project and has described his pig-tribute as “awesome”.
Find out more at www.pigsgonewild.co.uk.
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