With the weather getting wet and icy, out comes the saviour of winter, the welly. But we don’t want you to dread this event, oh no, so we have collated a load of fun welly facts to lift your festive spirits. Enjoy!
– Oxford and Cambridge boat crews all wear Hunters before and after the race: Oxford in blue boots; Cambridge in green.
– The biggest Hunter ever made was a size 18 for a Derbyshire vet.
– It takes a gallon of custard to fill a size 10 Hunter.
– A Cumbrian farmer’s pig ate her Hunters and didn’t even suffer indigestion.
– Well into the 20th Century, rubber was more valuable than silver.
– Many rubberists ascribe aphrodisiac powers to its pungent smell, now available as a bottled scent from Parisian perfumer Jean Guton!!
– Some people love their wellies so much that they give each pair a name and even have a ‘Welly Naming Ceremony’
– In 1974, Scottish comedian/actor Billy Connolly adopted a comical ode to the boot called ‘The Welly Boot Song’ as his theme tune and it became one of his best-known songs.
– Paddington Bear started wearing his red wellies in 1972 when the first soft toys of the character were produced.
– The Scotch Malt Whisky Society lovingly describes its cask number 41.29 as “the colour of golden syrup with the scent of the inside of a welly boot”.
– A Yorkshire farmer requested a plastic buckle for his Hunters – the rattling kept waking up his wife as he got undressed for bed. A Hunter buckle is made from six separate pieces.
– The boot has also given its name to the welly boot dance, said to have been performed by miners in Africa to keep their spirits up whilst working.
– Hunter even made boots for cows! In the early 90’s Hunter made the Hubble Boot which was a boot specially designed for cows.
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