Tuesday, 13 November 2007
This is Tetley, an worldwide celebrity.
He and his siblings were first photographed by Richard Austin for the Western Morning News at Pennywell Farm, where they are unique. Chris Murray, the owner, started breeding these miniature pigs and the pictures were soon broadcast round the world.
Soon TV crews started arriving from America, France, Germany, New Zealand and Russia. Next week Warner Brothers are paying a visit.
This has done wonders for Pennywell Farm’s publicity of course, with more than 100,000 hits on their website: - www.pennywellfarm.co.uk which has already been named as Tourism Website of the year.
I remember Chris Murray from 30 years ago when we both lived in London. He was a very different person then to the family loving businessman he is today. Pennywell Farm was his idea and is now a great success with families and animal lovers all year round.
The miniature pigs are sold for £250 as pets to carefully selected customers.
As Chris said, “This French TV reporter told me the other day that the news was just full of horrible stuff all the time. So it’s nice to have something fun for a change.”
So here you are. Tetley in a teacup. Enjoy.