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Plastic pigs promote city legend

100 swine will be on show around the city

More than 60 pig sculptures have been delivered to Bath as part of a public art project in the Georgian city.

It is hoped the life-sized models will boost awareness of a 3,000-year-old legend, which tells how King Bladud founded Bath.

He is reputed to have discovered the healing powers of its hot spring waters while walking with his swine.

The King Bladud's Pigs in Bath art initiative will eventually see 100 of the animals scattered across the city.

'Council backing'

The plain white life-sized sculptures will be painted and decorated on behalf of different communities and businesses across the region.

Sue Yates-Price, one resident who took delivery of the pigs on Monday, said: "It is wonderful to have our pigs here at last.

"There is a real buzz about this project."

The scheme, which is due to be launched on 19 May, has the backing of Bath and North East Somerset Council.

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