China Shop Bull Immortalized in Fibre Glass
Just two months ago he catapulted a Lancashire business into the international spotlight. Now, the bull that rampaged through Lancaster’s GB Antiques & Furniture Centre has been immortalized in sculpture.
This week, a life size, fibre glass bull has been placed above the entrance of GB Antiques as a reminder of the Bank Holiday Monday a real bull stampeded down aisles of antiques, causing thousands of pounds worth of damage.
As international media began to pick up the story, security camera footage plotting the bull’s course was screened across the world. Allan Blackburn, Managing Director appeared on BBC News 24, CNN and Sky News. He was also interviewed on South American, Canadian and European radio and television stations.
Allan said, “There was an incredible amount of interest in the China Shop Bull. Hundreds of visitors have mentioned the story and I wanted to have a lasting reminder. It was a sad day for the bull, but we have benefited with an increase in visitors during June – traditionally a quiet time.”
The bull escaped from the nearby auction mart and entered the antiques centre via a loading bay. Having rampaged through the centre, it was eventually barricaded into a safe area with a pair of church organs. Sadly, a decision was finally made to call police marksmen to shoot it.
The fibre glass bull was imported from Poland through Preston company, Simply Amazing. More used to dealing with garden gnomes and small decorative animals, Proprietor, Dave Griffiths collected the bull himself from a Belgium wholesaler.