PRESS RELEASE – 07-10-2011
Much-loved TV, film and theatre star Antony Cotton, is widely known for playing barman Sean Tully in Coronation Street. Bar-keeper, yes, but did you know that Antony is also a keen hen-keeper?
Antony, 36, first started adopting ex-battery hens from the British Hen Welfare Trust last year and has been besotted ever since. He regularly tweets about the delights of hen-keeping. Antony said: ‘Hen-keeping is one of life’s simple pleasures and I’m particularly happy to be able to give ex-battery hens, that have had such a dreadful life, a happy retirement. My ‘girls’, Rita, Audrey and Fizz are certainly enjoying their new-found freedom, exploring the garden and sunbathing.’
Antony announced that he is so enamoured with his ex-battery hens that he has become a patron of the British Hen Welfare Trust, joining the ranks of other celebrities who endorse their work, including Jamie Oliver, Jimmy Doherty, Julia Kendell and Amanda Holden. He said: ‘The British Hen Welfare Trust does an amazing Job, not only re-homing ex-battery hens but also campaigning to encourage consumers and retailers to go free-range. I fully endorse their work and, when they asked if I would become a patron, I didn’t hesitate to say yes.’
Recent figures indicate that there is a growing trend for backyard hen-keeping across Britain – with over half a million households now said to be enjoying the delights of hen-keeping. The British Hen Welfare Trust has witnessed this growing demand for hens, having re-homed over 280,000 commercial laying hens since it was set up in 2005. When asked if his hens would make it onto the set of Coronation Street, Antony laughed: ‘They say you should avoid working with children and animals, and I’m not sure they’d fit in at The Rovers Return, but you never know! What I do know is that my ex-bats are stars in their own right. They bring hours of joy – and I would encourage anyone who has the time and the space to give hen-keeping a go.”