A flock of fundraising sheep have had a colourful makeover.
The woolly half-dozen who have raised thousands of pounds for a Huddersfield cancer charity are preparing to go baaa-ck on the road.
The flock’s fundraising was put on hold when one of them, Mint Sauce, was stolen.
After an appeal in the Examiner Mint Sauce was returned, slightly battered but otherwise undamaged.
Now volunteers are to spruce up the hardboard bunch and send them out to pull in more cash.
The sheep – Rambo, Baabara, Lamb Chop, Shorn, Dolly and Mint Sauce – take part in sheep racing events for the Laura Crane Youth Cancer Trust.
Last month the Examiner told how Mint Sauce and Rambo were stolen from the back of a car after the Leprechaun Sheep Race Night at Huddersfield Irish Centre.
Rambo was found nearby but Mint Sauce was feared gone for good.
After a story in the Examiner, and the offer of a leg of lamb reward, the sheep was returned to the fold.
Helen Balfour and Clinton Stringer at the Kirklees Construction and Skills Academy in Leeds Road, Huddersfield, gave the sheep a makeover.
Pam Thornes, manager at the Laura Crane trust, said Mint Sauce, a bit of a plain Jane, was glammed up in green and given a new smile while Rambo wanted some camouflage to help keep the rustlers at bay.
The new-look sheep will be back out on Friday for a Welcome Home Mint Sauce Sheep Racing Night at Hoults Wine Merchants on the Castlegate Retail Park in St John’s Road, Huddersfield.
The event has been sponsored by the trust’s IT supplier Digital Sheep and the hot beef supper will be provided by Mirfield-based Haigh’s Farm Shop.
The wooden sheep are fastened to long pieces of string on spools are competitors sit on chairs with their back to the race and wind up the string as fast as possible, pulling the sheep down the course.
The race night starts at 7.30pm and tickets, at £15, are still available from Hoults on 01484 510700. Tickets include six glasses of wine and supper.