FOUR TV stars have trotted out to their adoring public in South Tyneside.
Apart from squealing for their supper, the former regulars on BBC One’s Countryfile programme are settling in nicely down on the farm at Bede’s World, Jarrow.
The four cross Tamworth and wild boar pigs were spotted on the show by staff at the borough museum, who contacted their owner, TV presenter and farmer Adam Henson.
A deal was struck for the piglets and they were later transported from their previous home in rural Gloucestershire to Bede’s World.
Sarah Williamson, a farm worker at Bede’s World’s Anglo-Saxon-style farm, said: “We saw the piglets on Adam’s farm and thought they would be ideal for the museum.
“We specialise in looking after what are called ‘Iron Age’ pigs and they are the right breed. I think they were disorientated by their journey down the motorway, but they are now doing well.
“Hilda, one of our oldest pigs, was a teenager when she died earlier this year, so these new pigs will help take her place.
“We will soon take two of the pigs away to a farm to breed, which means we could have more piglets on the way.”
Bede’s World director Mike Benson has invited Gazette readers – particularly children – to come up with names for the new arrivals.
He said: “I’m not telling any porkies – we have real TV stars here!
“We thought it was a great idea to have piglets from Countryfile finding a permanent home at Bede’s World.
“This could be a case of Pinky and Perky striking all over again!”
Mr Benson said the pigs are just one of the many attractions at the Jarrow museum this spring, which has also seen the arrival of more than a dozen new lambs.
Prizes will be offered to those whose names are selected for the new pigs. E-mail your entries to email@example.com.
Bede’s World has special events planned for the whole Easter weekend.
Call 489 2106 or visit www.bedesworld.co.uk for more details.