Giant tortoises from the Galapagos Islands in Spalding Market Place today

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Giant tortoises from the Galapagos Islands are stars of a street show in Spalding Market Place today (Friday).

Crowds are gathering around the pen to see Trojan (26), a 24 stone male, and four of his younger pals.

Giant tortoises in Spalding. ANL-160513-112057001

Giant tortoises in Spalding. ANL-160513-112057001

Owner Adrian Graham (45), who farms in the Sleaford area, will be taking his tortoises to the Lincolnshire Show next month but was delighted to give Spalding people a sneak-preview.

He described Trojan as a “teenager” because he will grow for another 20 years and gain a further 15-20 stones in weight over that time – and may well live to be 150-years-old.

Adrian began collecting giant tortoises in the Noughties because he’s interested in their conservation.

He said: “None of the zoos are actively researching them or trying to breed them for the future so I would like to do my little bit.”

So far, he says, no giant tortoises have been bred in Europe.

Adrian moved to Lincolnshire a couple of years ago and now farms around seven acres.

His interest in tortoises stems from a fur allergy when he was a child – that meant cats and dogs were ruled out, leaving him a choice of keeping fish or having a garden tortoise.

“I went down the tortoise route,” he said.

• Weather permitting today’s street show runs to 3pm.