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6ft steel sculpture launched to celebrate 160th Great Yorkshire Show

6foot steel sculpture of Great Yorkshire Show heifer

Published by The Stray FM News Team at 6:43am 10th April 2018. (Updated at 10:44am 10th April 2018)

A magnificent galvanised steel sculpture of the Craven Heifer will spread the word about the 160th Great Yorkshire Show aboard a specially designed truck.

Weighing more than half a tonne, the GYSheifer will pop up at locations across Yorkshire to promote England’s biggest and best agricultural shows before taking up position at the Great Yorkshire Showground ready for the 160th Show from Tuesday 10th to Thursday 12th July. The best selfie from each location with #GYSheifer will win a family ticket to the Show.

 

 

Made by renowned Yorkshire sculptor Emma Stothard, the 6ft high, 4ft wide, 11ft long sculpture was commissioned by the Yorkshire Agricultural Society, organisers of the Great Yorkshire Show.

This one off, bespoke, life-size sculpture in steel is modelled on the Craven Heifer which was born and bred in Bolton Abbey in the early 1800s. People would pay to see the heifer who was put on show on her way to Smithfield Market, London, and became a national phenomenon. She remains the largest heifer ever shown in England and lived in the same era as the first show.

The sculpture project has been months in the planning and involved research with experts at Bolton Abbey Estate as well as support from the Great Yorkshire’s Chief Cattle Steward Margaret Chapman whose family have been part of the show for more than 100 years, to ensure the sculpture’s authenticity.

The GYSheifer will be launched today (Tuesday, 10th April) at Bolton Abbey by Show Director Charles Mills and the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire.

The GYSheifer will then travel by specially branded Great Yorkshire Show truck to Imphal Barracks, Fulford, York. 

It comes as the Great Yorkshire Show launch their 'biggest ever ticket launch'...

 

 

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