On Sunday afternoon we had a trip into Ripley to test our super sleuthing skills on all things porcine! The Pigfest has been running for fifteen years now. It's inspired by the story of Thomas Ingilby, an ancestor of Sir Thomas Inglby of Ripley Castle who saved King Edward III from a wild boar attack in 1355.
Ripley is very beautiful, little local shops, an abundance of blooms, and the majestic castle looking over the village.
So, with our sheet in hand, we took the first steps into Pigfest! At the start of the trail we were just having a bit of fun, and then a competitive streak kicked in. People were swapping their pig tales on the streets, and there were even volunteers on hand to help those ham-pered by their swine know how!
If you'd like a challenge, here are a few of the trotters we saw. I've put the names at the end of this post. To give you a flavour, past pig names have been Uswine Bolt, Beatrix Trotter, Amy Swinehouse, Statue of Liboarty and Bradley Piggins.
And as a little bonus, this little piggy in the stocks was left nameless for someone to come up with a suitable title for him. My sis came up with Guy Porks, any advance?! Chop chop!!
And to round it all up, we went to The Boar's Head for roast pork...
We have a few suggestions for next year, we couldn't help ourselves - Tilda Swineton, Porkham and Pies, Elvis Pigsley & Orange Is The New Black Pudding....
1. Rupigscube 2. Vincent Van Hog 3. Hams Solo 4. Boaris Johnson 5. Lester Piggott 6.Pork Scratching 7. Alboart Einswine 8. Spider Pig 9. Captain Pigwash 10. Demi Boare & Patpig Swayze 11. Bacon Foil 12. The Red Boaron 13. Hamilla Parker Bowles 14. Hogsleigh 15. Scuboar Diver 16. Finding Boary