Pooch’s pals gather at picnic in the park

The first Lucky Dog picnic, Centre Vale Park, Todmorden, July 2012
The first Lucky Dog picnic, Centre Vale Park, Todmorden, July 2012

DEDICATED dog fans gathered in Todmorden on Saturday for a picnic with the town’s popular pooch.

Derren Brown followers and admirers of the Lucky Dog made famous in his BAFTA winning TV programme filmed in Todmorden last year congregated in Centre Vale Park with some of the show’s stars for the first Lucky Dog Picnic.

Mayor of Todmorden Coun Abid Hussain welcomed the visitors - who came from places including Scotland, Lincoln and Cornwall - and were given a 15-minute talk by sculptor David Wynne, who created the metal dog six years ago.

They also had photos taken with the dog, a life-sized image of Derren Brown and a model BAFTA award made by local artist Sally Darlington, who featured in the programme.

Irene Hall, from Torquay, said: “As Derren Brown fans we meet at least once a year and this year it seemed like the obvious choice to visit Todmorden.

“We had such a warm welcome from everyone we met that we have all agreed we would love to return next year.”

Jacqui Matthews, Todmorden Information Centre manager, said: “This group are proof that the Lucky Dog has potential to become an important visitor attraction for the town and area.

“Derren Brown has over a million followers on Twitter and if just a small percentage came to visit each year it would boost the visitor economy significantly.”