Bedworth Almshouses.

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What was the unusual entertainment when the foundation stone was laid for the new Almshouses in 1840?

a) A skeleton of a whale was exhibited and some of the wealthier residents paid to eat lunch inside of it.

b) A pig was greased and soaped until it was slippery and then set free in the street to be won by anyone who could catch him.

c) A procession of 7-800 people took place they were carrying lighted candles.  There were other persons carried in bower like chairs illuminated with lights and there were several bands playing.

The answer is b) a greased pig.