Manor Lodge bids for votes

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MANOR Lodge – the Sheffield ancient monument that is now a centre for environmental activities – is appealing to local people to give them their votes as they go head to head with a North Yorkshire enterprise for the right to appear on TV.

The National Lottery has launched a Facebook campaign featuring BBC Radio 1 DJ Sara Cox and comedian Rufus Hound in celebration of the £30m raised each week for good causes.

The Cox & Hound Hit The Road campaign will see the duo spend five days next week driving from Scotland to the south coast to explore the work of projects that have benefited from National Lottery funding.

Where they go and what exactly they do will be determined by public vote through a specially-designed app on the National Lottery Facebook page.

In the North of England it is a battle between North Yorkshire Moors Historical Railway and Sheffield Manor Lodge, which dates from the Tudor period, and now has a Discovery Centre, farm shop and cafe and accommodates the head office of environment charity Green Estate.

Local supporters hope to have the stars either rolling in the mud with the pigs, assembling a green roof, ploughing with shire horse Big Lad or being imprisoned like Mary Queen of Scots.

Voting closes on www.facebook.com/TheNationalLotteryUK next Monday for whichever will be the Yorkshire visit on Wednesday.