30th Lichfield Festival pigs raise £17,000

Monday July 18 2011

The 30 decorated model pigs which had been displayed around the city for the duration of the 30th Lichfield Festival raised an astonishing £17,000 in a charity auction to close the festival yesterday (Sunday).

The life-size, model pigs were decorated by school and community groups, and had attracted great interest from all who saw them during the 10 days of the festival.

Over 500 pig-lovers gathered for the auction in front of Lichfield Cathedral, with over 150 registering to bid. There was even one telephone bidder.

The prices achieved for individual pigs ranged from £260 to £1,300 with the Lichfield Cathedral pig, Pearl-Margarita, raising the most.

Charles Hanson, of Hansons Auctioneers and BBC’s Bargain Hunt, was the auctioneer and the whole Pig Parade and Auction was sponsored by local farming institution Packington Pork.

Rob Mercer, from Packington Pork, said: “I’m so pleased that we’ve been involved with this great project that has involved so many people in the local community and I’m delighted at the huge amount of money that has been raised for charity”.

Visitors also enjoyed free 30th birthday cake supplied by Hindleys the Bakers, a hog roast of Packington Pork meat, and music from The Dixie Ticklers

Here is the full list of, the pigs, their decorators, and the charities that will benefit:

1 A Busy Day At School: Whittington Primary School pupils, in aid of the Children’s Air Ambulance.

2 Ab-Art: Abbots Bromley School for Girls Year 9 pupils, in aid of Kariandusi School Trust.

3 Arby: Friends of National Memorial Arboretum, in aid of National Memorial Arboretum.

4 Arfurpig: Lichfield Cathedral School Year 6 pupils, in aid of We Love Lichfield Community Fund.

5 Autismpig: Local artists, in aid of The Autism Society.

6 Cartograpig: Wolgarston High School art students, in aid of Help For Heroes.

7 Clarice Pig: Lichfield Antiques Centre, in aid of St Giles Hospice, Sutton Coldfield.

8 Flora: artist Jules Cadie, in aid of Midlands Air Ambulance Charity

9 Fradley Very Important Pig: Girl Guides and Boy Scouts, in aid of Fradley Youth And Community Hall.

10 Gaudi: Fair Oak Business College students, in aid of Cancer Research UK

11 Giles The Pig: St Giles Day Hospice patients, in aid of St Giles Hospice.

12 Hamelot: Lichfield Round Table, in aid of Round Table to distribute.

13 Jigsow: Jigsaw Community Hub in North Lichfield, in aid of Pathways.

14 Meating Of The Minds In Burntwood: members of Growwell Burntwood, in aid of Growwell Burntwood.

15 Merpig: Blackwood Primary School, Streetly, in aid of Macmillan Cancer Research.

16 Mr Porky: South Staffordshire College art and design students, in aid of Cancer Research UK.

17 Pearl-Margarita: Lichfield Cathedral and Lichfield Calligraphy Group with Peter Halliday, in aid of Lichfield Cathedral East End Appeal.

18 Penelope Pig Shop: Three Spires Shopping Centre, in aid of Poppyfields.

19 Pig n Mix: The Croft School and Hayes Meadow Primary School, in aid of Barnardos and Diabetes UK.

20 Pigasso: Greysbrooke Primary School, in aid of Save The Children.

21 Piggy In Pink II: Lorna Faith Crane, in aid of Fradley Young And Community Hall.

22 Pigsaw Puzzle: Redbrook Hayes Primary School Year 6 pupils, in aid of the Air Ambulance.

23 Praise God And Be Joyful: Lichfield Cathedral School, in aid of Sierra Leone.

24 Sir Hamslet Of The Hall: Apprentices and staff at BMW Plant Hams Hall, in aid of The Children’s Trust.

25 Smila: Alexina Simmons of Charnwood Primary School, in aid of Clic Sergeant.

26 St Elmer: St Peter’s Primary School, Stonnall, After School Club, in aid of Comic Relief.

27 Stephen Squealberg: Pool Hayes Technology College, in aid of Compton Hospice, Wolverhampton.

28 Trotter: Tippers Building Supplies staff, in aid of St Giles Hospice.

29 Wilbur: 6th Lichfield Scout Group, in aid of Air Ambulance.

30 Pignature: Lichfield community and Lichfield Festival artists, in aid of The Lichfield Festival.


Pictured: Auctioneer Charles Hanson puts another pig under the hammer at Sunday’s Lichfield Festival Pig Auction (Picture: Chris Lockwood)