Locals crack up after statue of MP is turned into giant Peppa Pig overnight

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People living in a small village in Warwickshire were surprised after a statue of 19th century MP, Lord John Scott, was turned into Peppa Pig.

The commemorative statue in Dunchurch, Rugby, is given a fancy dress costume every year in an annual tradition ahead of Christmas.

Former makeovers have included Harry Potter, Happy Feet, an Olympic athlete, The Grinch, Homer Simpson and Pikachu.

However, this year residents were shocked when they woke up to see the statue wearing an enormous papier-maché pig’s head and a pink sheet.

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Villagers were amused that the MP was made to look like the TV porker – made even funnier because the statue sits yards away from the local butchers.

The unusual tradition reportedly dates back to the 1970’s when pranksters began decorating the statue in the night during the festive period.

The anonymous jokers were dubbed the “Dunchurch Fairies” and brought delight to the area.

Writing on Facebook, one person said: "Absolutely fabulous!

“Not a hint of COVID, just what we all need.

“The kids will love it. Well done the Dunchurch Fairies."

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“We know it's Christmas when we see this,” added another. “Don't stop doing it."

While a mum added: “Can't wait to show our three year old twin girls… they are going to love this!"

And another local wrote: "It's brilliant and something at long last to make us all smile especially the little ones.

"Well done Dunchurch Fairies.

“Something fun."

The statue of Lord John Scott commemorates the man – a grenadier Guards officer, Scottish MP and landlord who died in 1860.

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