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Join Driffield’s Platinum Jubilee Corgi Trail

Corgi fever looks set to hit Driffield this week as the town prepares to welcome 18 new canine residents.

As part of Driffield Town Council’s celebrations for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, a Corgi Trail will be launched today (Thursday 2nd June 2022), with town centre businesses providing homes for the life-sized corgis.

The aim of the trail, which runs until Sunday 4th September, is to celebrate Her Majesty’s love of these characterful dogs, as well as encouraging people to visit the town and discover is shops and eateries.

The idea for the trail came from Driffield Town Councillors Amanda Croft and Andrew Coleman with local artist Siobhan Palmer designing the Driffield corgis.

The life-sized corgis were made by Driffield Tidy Team member Andy Wilson – assisted by Driffield Men in Sheds.

The corgis have been decorated by local school pupils from all over the Driffield area and each one represents a country of the Commonwealth.

“We are absolutely delighted to welcome the Corgis to Driffield,” said Mayor of Driffield, Cllr Mark Blakeston.

“The Corgi Trail is a true community effort and is a great way for people of all ages to exercise and take a proper look at all our amazing town has to offer.”

The trail will run throughout the town centre and people will be invited to find the corgis and identify which Commonwealth country it represents. 

Entry forms are downloadable from the link below or are available from the Little Book Emporium (Middle Street North), Wonders of the Wolds (Market Place) or Kinship (Middle Street South)

Those handing in the first 100 correctly completed forms will receive a specially made commemorative Driffield Corgi Trail medal and will be entered into a draw in September to win their very own corgi decorated by artist Siobhan Palmer. All other entries after the first 100 will receive a Corgi Trail pin badge.

Completed forms need to be returned to Little Book Emporium, Wonders of the Wolds or Kinship.

“I am absolutely delighted to be involved in such a great initiative in my home town,” said Siobhan.

“I think it is so important to get involved with the local community and as an ex-teacher I am delighted that all the schools in the area are also doing this.”

The corgis will be sited in and on Driffield businesses with Driffield Town Council’s very own named after the Queen’s first Corgi ‘Susan’ and Siobhan’s personally decorated Corgi, taking pride of place in the Driffield Town Council offices on Market Walk.

“It looks set to be a brilliant summer for Driffield and the Corgi Trail is an ideal way to encourage both local people and visitors to see just what the Capital of the Wolds has to offer – as well as celebrating the jubilee and our love of dogs,” said Jill Baldwin, Driffield Town Centre Officer.

Corgi Factfile

? Susan was the name of the Queen’s favourite corgi. The Queen has owned more than 30 royal corgis since 1945.

? In Welsh cor means dwarf, while gi is a form of the word dog

? Folk legend states that these “enchanted” dogs were gifts left by the fairies and were kept hard at work pulling fairy coaches and herding cattle for fairies

? Corgis have a double coat of hair – enabling them to have weather protection but also lose a layer in the warmer weather. This also means that they shed hair a lot – so much so that you could make another corgi out of the hair they shed.

? They are amongst the oldest herding breeds and more than 3,000 years old. They are believed to have come to Wales with the Vikings


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