Hands-on history game created by Clitheroe artists

Clitheroe artist Stu Rutter creating his Pin Pionto game
Clitheroe artist Stu Rutter creating his Pin Pionto game
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A LIFE-SIZE version of the well-loved children’s party game “pin the tail on the donkey” will be one of the hands-on-history activities at the open day at the former Blackburn Orphanage.

“Pin Ponto’s Tail” has been created by Clitheroe artist Stu Rutter, inspired by the story of the original donkey kept at the orphanage in Wilpshire, now the hone of charity Child Action Northwest. That donkey, named Ponto, was and used to collect goods from local farms and the town and carry them to the orphanage.

Explaining how he created the game Stu said: “There were some grainy shots of the donkey found in the Child Action Northwest archive collection, but I actually went to Blackpool and photographed one or two giving rides on the beach.

“I then projected the photograph from my laptop on to a huge peg board with holes in to sketch the outline. The tail itself is horse size so is fixed to a piece of dowel rather than a pin.”

The Heritage Open Weekend takes place on Saturday and Sunday, September 8th and 9th, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., and entry is free. To read more about Ponto, have a look at the charity’s history website at: www.poundday.org.uk