MEMORY LANE: ‘World’s biggest pig’ at Charter Fair

Billy 'the world's largest pig' at Ilkeston Charter Fair
Billy 'the world's largest pig' at Ilkeston Charter Fair

Visitors to this week’s Ilkeston Charter Fair are unlikely to encounter anything like this...

Billy ‘the world’s biggest pig’, exhibited at the fair in 1934, was said to be 8ft 3ins long and 6ft 2ins in girth.

The newspaper article from which the picture was taken said that Billy was insured by his owner for £5,000 and his carcass would be presented to the British Museum when he died.

This picture was another submitted to the fantastic Ilson Bygones Facebook group where thousands of Ilkeston nostalgia fans have been sharing their pictures and memories. It was submitted by Gillian Castle.