The Georgian city of Bath in Somerset has just taken delivery of more than 60 pig sculptures to raise awareness of a 3,000-year-old legend, which tells how King Bladud founded the spa town. He is reputed to have discovered the healing powers of its hot spring waters while walking with his swine.
The project funded by Bath and North East Somerset Council. is due to be launched on 19 May, and will eventually see more than 100 of the porcine figures dotted around the city. Robin Swine, Mayor of Bath told In Seine News today;
"It is going to save our bacon this year; the city was under 3 foot of water last year at the beginning of the tourist season and these will prove to be a popular attraction. If Milton Keynes can have their concrete cows, then why can't we have our fibre glass pigs?"
"Besides, we have just been twinned with The Bay of Pigs."
However there are already complaints from certain quarters within the city:
The local constabulary are not amused - PC Tony Trotter explained that local youths are already taunting our officers by making 'oinking noises', especially since two shiny blue pigs were erected outside their headquarters.
The Muslim community has been insulted by having one of the beasts placed outside their Mosque. Imam Osman Imani said; "The animals' backside faces Mecca which is even more insulting and if it is not removed we shall blow the swine up! Only joking, what's up with us English?"