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Giant piggy bank arrives in town

Two cyclists on tandem tow giant pig for charity: Photo from Cancer Research UK
The men said the experience was rewarding, but left them saddle sore

A giant blue piggy bank, towed by two men on a tandem from Glasgow to London, has arrived at its destination.

Steve Hunt, from Chippenham, Wiltshire, and Glaswegian Gordon McKirdy, invited people to stuff cash into the 6ft-high carbon-fibre money bank.

The "pig pull", which began on 6 July, raised 10,000 for the Cancer Research UK charity.

Arriving at Richmond Park on Sunday, Mr Hunt, 46 said it was a rewarding event though they were both saddle sore.

"It was great to get off the bikes for the last time, he said.

The pig was extremely popular and we will be bringing him on more charity trips from now on
Steve Hunt

"We did have mixed emotions because it's been extremely rewarding, great fun and we've had fabulous support - but we are extremely saddle sore now.

"The supporters along the route kept us going - people were beeping their horns, stopping to chat and cheering.

"We will stay in touch with many people we met that helped us with bike or trailer repairs for free.

"The pig was extremely popular and we will be bringing him on more charity trips from now on."

The men cycled on a tandem pulling the 35kg (77lb) pig, which has yet to be named, for up to nine hours a day.

The worst mishap happened days into the trip when the AA had to rescue the party after the pig broke free of its chassis on the road.

The Accenture IT managers chose the cancer charity after both lost friends and relatives to the disease.

Mr McKirdy, 33, said: "We will carry on doing charity challenges because it's our way of helping - everyone is touched by cancer at some point and we all have a responsibility to do our bit."


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