MUNCH the Dragon faces extinction!
Kirklees Council bosses are struggling to find someone willing to take on the role of their scaly, healthy eating mascot.
For the past decade, Munch has been visiting primary schools to pass on tips about balanced diets. Rather than chomping on knights or maidens, he enjoys nothing more than fruit and veg.
But Kirklees has had to re-advertise the vacancy because of a lack of interest in the job.
"The Munch suit is very claustrophobic and very warm," said catering manager Jenny Hiley. "We have been without a Munch for some time."
She said the council was desperate to recruit a new Munch.
"The children love him. He always receives a fantastic reception when he walks into a classroom with his handler, Lynne Gilbert," said Jenny.
When first advertised, the job created a lot of interest. It pays £6.75 an hour for a 20-hour week. And applicants need only work in term time.
"But when people found out what it involves, they didn't take it," said Jenny. Applicants must be under 5ft 6in tall, and because Munch never talks they have to communicate by mime.
"We take him very seriously," said Jenny. "It helps us build a relationship with the schools and there's a big drive in promoting healthy eating.
"But it could be a sad end for Munch," she added.