Shaggy dog tale still attracts crowds to pat park’s pooch

Coun Richard White, Mayor Todmorden, and Coun Nader Fekri Mayor of Calderdale with Lucky Dog at Centre Vale Park, Todmorden. with Jacqui Matthews fromthe Information Centre.
Coun Richard White, Mayor Todmorden, and Coun Nader Fekri Mayor of Calderdale with Lucky Dog at Centre Vale Park, Todmorden. with Jacqui Matthews fromthe Information Centre.

IT may have proved to be a shaggy dog tale, but a carved canine is still attracting interest from far and wide.

Last summer, film crews arrived in Todmorden after hearing rumours about a lucky dog statue in Centre Vale Park.

Psychological illusionist Derren Brown visited the town to film a show for his TV series before later revealing that he had planted the rumour as part of an experiment about luck.

Several months later, tourists are still flocking to pat the lucky dog’s head. There has been so much demand that Calderdale Council has installed a stepping stone path to the statue and erected signposts in the park to enable easier access to the famous pooch.

The new facilities were unveiled on Monday by Mayor of Calderdale Coun Nader Fekri and Mayor of Todmorden Coun Richard White.

Coun Fekri said the lucky dog has become a massively popular attraction.

“I think it’s a wonderful, quirky addition to Todmorden’s already quirky nature,” he said. “I hope it encourages more and more people to visit the park.”

Coun White said he has been surprised at the number of people who still visit the lucky dog.

“Anything that increases the interest in the park and Todmorden has to be welcomed,” he said.

Visitors have travelled from around the country and even from abroad to pat the dog’s head.

Jacqui Matthews, manager at Todmorden Information Centre, said: “It brings an awful lot of people to Todmorden.”