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SHEEP DISPUTE BLOOMS IN KENT

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A giant floral sculpture of a sheep due to be unveiled this month in Maidstone BC town centre has divided councillo...
A giant floral sculpture of a sheep due to be unveiled this month in Maidstone BC town centre has divided councillors.

Tories voted against the £28,000 mammoth woolly, part of the council's Town of Flowers initiative, but were defeated.

The design was chosen by a working group of four councillors and represents Maidstone's days as a market town when livestock was driven to market along the high street.

It has metal and concrete head and legs, with a giant flower-filled hanging basket for its body and fleece.

A council spokesman said: 'The cost may seem high but the sheep is designed as a permanent structure that can roam through the streets of Maidstone year after year.'

Labour member Tom Sams said: 'Other floral displays may come and go but I think the sheep will never be forgotten.'

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