Larger than life Brian Blessed shows support for animal campaign

Pictured is Brian Blessed on the steps of Sheffield City Hall as part of his 2000 miles bus tour around Engalnd,seeking signatures for the cat welfare charity 'Feline Friends'.Brian meets fellow cat lover Nigel Denial from Handsworth

Pictured is Brian Blessed on the steps of Sheffield City Hall as part of his 2000 miles bus tour around Engalnd,seeking signatures for the cat welfare charity 'Feline Friends'.Brian meets fellow cat lover Nigel Denial from Handsworth

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BRIAN Blessed’s famous voice boomed out in Sheffield city centre as he launched a new campaign on behalf of a local cats charity.

Brian has teamed up with Feline Friends, based at Old Tupton, Chesterfield, to campaign against a possible Government ban on electronic pet collars, which stop animals straying from back gardens.

The 74-year-old, famous for his roles in sitcom Blackadder and sci-fi film Flash Gordon, pulled up in a campaign bus before greeting fans in Barker’s Pool yesterday evening, encouraging them to sign a petition.

Brian, from Goldthorpe near Mexborough, said: “It’s a humane system which saves pets from horrific injury and death on the roads and spares owners the misery of losing much-loved cats and dogs.”

The collars, already banned in Wales, are used with a perimeter fence. In training, pets receive an electronic pulse when they hear a warning bleep.

Log on to www.petitionbuzz.com/petitions/pets to support the campaign.