Yorkshire butcher creates porky push-bike

Historic butcher’s shop Appleton’s has created a bicycle completely made of pork, the ‘pie-cycle’, in honour of this year’s Tour de France.

Created by a 12-strong team at Appleton’s Ripon branch, the porky push-bike has black pudding for handlebars and pedals, chipolatas for the chain, giant pork pies for wheels and gammon for the saddle. Appleton’s said it took several hours to put together and 24 hours to cook.

Yorkshire will host the first two stages of the Tour de France this year, with the renowned race passing through Ripon on its way from Leeds to Harrogate this weekend (5 July).

Ripon shop assistant Toni Vauvert said: “We wanted to do something fun to mark the Tour and show just what we’re made of here at Appleton’s. Everyone had an input – even our van driver – and it gives a whole new meaning to the notion of fast food. All we need now is a fork in the road!”

The pie-cycle is currently on display in the window of the Yorkshire butcher’s.

Appleton’s has been in business since 1867, and now has branches in Ripon and Wetherby. It prides itself on its pork pies, of which it says it sells more than 3,500 a week.

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