TWO unusual sheep took a starring role at the Royal Welsh Show.
Unlike the rest of the livestock at the huge agricultural event, these talented animals can sing and dance.
Young brother and sister, Jaaason and Meeedea, are characters from a new television series that revolves around the lives of a family of multi-racial sheep.
They came to the Royal Welsh at the invitation of Ifor Williams Trailers as a result of their partnership with the programme aimed at pre-school children.
Jaaason and Meeedea’s visit to the company’s stand at the showground in Builth Wells caused quite a stir with youngsters flocking to see what was going on.
Baaas is a historic co-production involving S4C, Ceidiog Creations and Al Jazeera Children’s Channel – with the Arabic broadcaster signing up for their first ever joint venture in the UK.
It’s also the first time a children’s programme made for S4C, where the Welsh language version will be called Meees, has been shot in high definition.
With the help of local schoolchildren, Deeside-based Ifor Williams Trailers, built a key prop for the first series featuring the wacky and wonderful family.
Pupils from the village school, Ysgol Maes Hyfryd, designed a special recycling chariot and now they’ve put on their thinking caps for the second series.
This time, they’ve designed a pram with gizmos and gadgets for the new baby in the family – and once again it’s been made by Ifor Williams Trailers.
The chariot and the trike that pulls it will be added attractions throughout the week at the company’s stand at the Royal Welsh Show.
Iorwerth Roberts, head of sales for North Wales, said: “They are extremely colourful and are proving to be something of a magnet to show-goers, especially the children.”
Design engineering manager Andrew Reece-Jones said: “This has undoubtedly been one of the most unusual projects with which I have ever been involved – but it’s also been a great deal of fun.
“The creativity of the children from Ysgol Maes Hyfryd has been a revelation and I’m sure there are a number of budding designers in their midst.
“We were delighted Jaaason and Meeedea were able to visit our stand – they were certainly very entertaining and not surprisingly attracted a crowd of onlookers.”
Series producer, Nia Ceidiog, originally from Coedpoeth and now based in Cardiff with Cynhyrchiadau Ceidiog Creations, said: “The contributions of both the pupils of Ysgol Maes Hyfryd and Ifor Williams Trailers have been invaluable.”
The second series of Meees will be shown on S4C’s new pre-school service, Cyw, later this year and on Al Jazeera Children’s Channel’s new pre-school service in January.