Games bull to stay after public campaign

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A giant mechanical bull that turned heads at the Commonwealth Games opening ceremony will stay on show after a campaign to stop it being dismantled.

A petition to save the 10m structure attracted nearly 10,000 signatures and it will now adorn Birmingham's Centenary Square until the end of September for public viewing before being moved indoors.

"We are delighted with the response the bull has had from the opening ceremony which reflects our history," said Ian Ward, leader of Birmingham City Council.

The structure was pulled onto stage at the city's Alexander Stadium by 50 women representing female chain-makers during the industrial revolution, who made chains used in the slave trade.

The city's association with the bull stems from the Bull Ring, a market area of Birmingham in the Middle Ages onwards where bulls were once held before slaughter. The city's biggest shopping centre is the Bullring.

Made of mostly aluminium, the bull took five months and more than 50 people to build and it has become a major tourist attraction during the Games.

"The diverse history of Birmingham is one of the reasons we were successful in our bid for the 2022 Commonwealth Games and the way residents and visitors have embraced the Bull shows how important this is," Ward said.

A multi-coloured cartoon bull named Perry is also the the mascot for the Games, which end on Monday.

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