Vote Lucky to be one of Yorkshire’s greatest icons

Mike Wollerton, of Todmorden Toy and Model Museum, with the Lucky Dog at Centre Vale Park, Todmorden
Mike Wollerton, of Todmorden Toy and Model Museum, with the Lucky Dog at Centre Vale Park, Todmorden

After shooting to fame as Derren Brown’s sidekick when the TV cameras came to Todmorden three years ago, a popular pooch is in the running to be named one of the greatest icons of Yorkshire.

Since he featured on the psychological illusionist’s “The Experiments” show in 2011, Todmorden’s Lucky Dog has been attracting lots of visitors to Centre Vale Park.

Lucky’s popularity has grown so quickly that the dog is now one of the candidates in the poll to find the county’s top icons - but needs your votes.

Speaking to the Todmorden News, Lucky said: “I’m no expert but people tell me we have great potential to attract visitors, which is good for shops, the market and pubs, etc, so I do my bit.

“It would do no harm to promote the Lucky Dog and make it a feature for those travelling through Yorkshire to seek out.

“It’s a bit of fun, and via Twitter we have brought people in to see it.

“Lots of local families have now adopted Lucky and the Facebook gallery is filling up with cute pictures.”

“It would be great if more locals got behind the fun.

“The Lucky Dog picnic was a good idea and that would be a draw for locals and visitors alike.

“Being one of the icons of Yorkshire would do no harm.

“We should use any asset - IET, Lucky Dog, Town Hall, the countryside - to bring visitors to Todmorden.

“Voters - get behind the Lucky Dog and promote your town.”

Lucky faces stiff competition from the extensive list of nominees which includes double Paralympics gold medallist Hannah Cockroft, comedian Ernie Wise and former Yorkshire Country Cricket Club captain Geoffrey Boycott.

But Lucky is not the only Todmorden candidate on the list - Stoodley Pike is also one of the candidates.

Jacqui Matthews, manager of Todmorden Information Centre, said seeing Lucky and Stoodley Pike being named icons of Yorkshire would be a boost for the town as a tourist attraction.

“It will help attract people to Todmorden,” she said.

“Any publicity for Todmorden is good publicity.”

The Greatest Icons of Yorkshire poll is being run by The Dalesman magazine to mark its 75th anniversary.

To vote, visit