Limited edition cuddly toy set to have buyers flocking to Herdy
This idea for a cuddly toy is set to drive collectors nuts.
Cumbrian company Herdy has created a new edition featuring bits not normally seen on a stuffed toy.
The firm believe this soft Herdwick is the first "teddy with testicles" to ever be produced in the UK.
This product - which has been limited to a run of 250 and is known as My Herdy Best in Show - goes on sale today and was inspired by this year's Matterdale and St Johns in the Vale Sheep Show, which took place last month.
The company's founders Diane and Spencer Hannah presented a special award for the overall Herdwick champion.
Mr Hannah said: “It’s one of our favourite shows of the year and is the last one in our yearly calendar, it’s a traditional shepherd’s meet and a stunning showcase of Lakeland Herdwicks right by the majestic peak of St Sunday Crag.
"It was a natural choice to create a Herdy which truly reflected the farming tradition. It wouldn’t have been right to shy away from the Herdwick in all its glory."
"We initially made only one but it was so well received we have decided to release a limited edition which celebrates the Herdwick as nature intended,” he added.
As well as the anatomical features, the cuddly toy also includes a handstitched enamel winners rosette and the traditional raddle - a daub of colour applied to the herdwicks by sheep farmers prior to showing them.
The toy is handmade in Shropshire by Merrythought Teddy Bears, the last remaining teddy makers in Britain.
Sarah Holmes, director, said: “My Herdy Best in Show is the first of its kind, to our knowledge, and is simply adorable. Herdy have always pushed the creative boundaries but this latest request did rather take us by surprise.
"Combining traditional teddy making methods and luxury alpaca fabric, he has been carefully hand-crafted in Shropshire to the finest quality."
She added that one particular aspect of production required particular attention.
"His special assets are also stitched into position by hand – a task that certainly gave the team here at Merrythought much amusement.”
Herdy was set up in 2007 and produces goods inspired by Cumbria's Herdwick sheep.
It trades online has four stores, in Bowness, Grasmere, Keswick and Hawes in North Yorkshire, with a fifth set to open in Kendal.
Originally with a range of just three products - mugs, pin badges and keyrings - it now has more than 400 in its range.
Demand for this latest addition is expected to be high. It is the fourth soft toy to be created as part of Herdy’s 10th birthday celebrations.
It is available through www.herdy.co.uk.