Emperor gets new clothes! City statue enjoys Yorkshire Day makeover

The emperor with his king size KitKat. Photographs: Richard McDougall
1 Aug 2018 @ 1.51 pm
| Entertainment

On Yorkshire Day, even statues get to have a break.

Constantine stays out in all weathers, has to endure the indignity of being a pigeon perch, and stars in a million and one tourist selfies.

It’s enough to make the first Christian Roman emperor shake his imperious head.

Ben Rosenfield of York’s Chocolate Story with the big man

But today he had his reward, in the shape of a giant KitKat and Terry’s Chocolate Orange.

He was even topped with a flat cap to keep the sunshine off his rather fetching wavy hair.

Story squad step in

The York’s Chocolate Story team celebrate Yorkshire Day
The York Minster piazza statue enjoyed the Yorkshire Day makeover thanks to the team at York’s Chocolate Story.

General manager Stuart Wood explained:

  • We love Yorkshire Day and always want to celebrate it in a spectacular way.

    The statue of Constantine the Great is arguably the most iconic York landmark that isn’t a building. It was the perfect choice to decorate.

    Obviously we wanted to include some famous chocolates, in tribute to this city’s sweetest industry.

In previous years, the award-winning attraction has staged a singing flash mob homage to chocolate factory production lines.

Hope that’s Yorkshire Tea in the mug