A FAMOUS Dewsbury sculpture will have its true identity finally revealed thanks to refurbishments taking place at the Howlands Centre.
The stone sculpture – known as the Pancake Dog – has stood atop the building on School Street since the late 1800s.
Legend has it that on Shrove Tuesday, when the school bell rang, the dog came down from its perch to enjoy a pancake.
Workmen refurbishing the community centre are set to take the sculpture down and clean it to reveal whether it is actually a dog.
Tom Ellis, chairman of the Dewsbury and District League of Friendship, which runs the community centre, said: “It is really exciting as it is probably the first time it has been seen clearly since it was placed in position in the 1880s.
“We still can’t make out what sort of animal it is.
“It could be a Christian lamb or a Yorkshire sheep. It has certainly created a talking point among members!
“The dog will be placed back in position in time for the re-opening of the building in July this year. We will then have a superb building that the whole of the Dewsbury community will be able to use and be proud of.”