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Yorkshire printer puts local “spin” on Chinese New Year

A Yorkshire based print company is putting a local “spin” on Chinese New Year.

It is widely accepted that modern printing has its roots in ancient China, so Barnsley based Spin Print decided to merge that history with its own and celebrate 2016 as the “Year of the Ferret”.

Barnsley is the birthplace of “ferret legging”. The practice, which involves containing live ferrets inside secure trouser legs was perfected by Reg Mellor, of Barnsley in 1981.

Mr Mellor stuffed 2 live ferrets down his trousers and kept them there for 5hrs and 26 long minutes. Although he was bitten in all the wrong places Reg persevered to the bitter end.

Dan Brook, director of Spin Print, said: “We work with customers nationwide and the fact that we’re based in Barnsley is often a talking point. Our customers have really embraced it and like the strong identity and rich history of the town, so our Year of the Ferret is a tongue-in-cheek celebration of Barnsley’s quirkiness.

“We’re also inviting people to get involved and make suggestions for next year’s animal.”

Should anyone want to challenge Reg’s valliant effort, there are a few rules that must be adhered to.

  • Firstly, the ferret MUST have a mouthful of teeth (no filing or clipping allowed).
  • NO undergarments are permitted.
  • The trouser bottoms must be tied firmly with string.
  • Lastly, the “Legger” must be sober to take part.
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Dan Brook, director of Spin Print

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