One of the first to flock to be a Shaun on the Tyne Sponsor when we launched the trail last year, was Opencast, a technology consultancy company headquartered in Byker, Newcastle.

The Opencast team immediately got into the spirit of the trail at our launch event last summer at Ouseburn Farm, when company co-founder Charlie Hoult arrived in full farmer’s attire. He very much looked the part and (almost) stole the show from Shaun himself!

Opencast Chief Executive Tom Lawson said:

“It’s a shear pleasure to be part of the 2023 St Oswald’s arts trail flock, with our very own Shaun the Sheep on display.

“We’re adding a strong sustainability theme to our Shaun creation, which reflects the importance of this and wider social impact for us as a business. We’re committed to doing our bit to improve the environment in and beyond the North East – including sustained efforts to decarbonise our operations and support biodiversity.

“We really pleased to be involved in the trail as it has a fantastic impact in the local community. Our support for this initiative by St Oswald’s Hospice is part of our ongoing commitment to support charities both in the North East and UK wide. We take our responsibility as a business to help deliver positive social change seriously – which is why so far we’ve donated over £100,000 to good causes through our charity programme.”

Opencast has chosen a fantastic design for its Shaun sculpture and the artist it has commissioned to create the sculpture is busy bringing it to life right now. We look forward to unveiling it, along with the other 44 big and 70 little Shaun’s in just a few weeks’ time! Thanks to Opencast for supporting Shaun the Sheep on the Tyne and St Oswald’s Hospice in this ewe-nique way!

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