Goat Major retires

The man in charge of the Royal Welsh regimental goat has retired after 35 years. Sergeant David Joseph led Shenkin out for the final time at the Millennium Stadium yesterday before Wales v Australia.

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Goat Major steps out for last time at Wales v Australia

The man in charge of the Royal Welsh regimental goat has handed over the reins after 35 years.

Sgt David Joseph, who is retiring as Goat Major, led Shenkin the goat out for the final time at the Millennium Stadium yesterday.

Before the game they attracted plenty of attention from shoppers and rugby fans as they meandered through the Welsh capital.

Sgt Joseph admitted it was an 'emotional' day but said he couldn't imagine a better end to his career than appearing before a home rugby match.

Sgt David Joseph prepares to lead Shenkin out for the final time before Wales v Australia Credit: ITV News Wales / Army
Before the match, Sgt Joseph and Shenkin took a stroll through Cardiff city centre Credit: ITV News Wales / Army
The pair received plenty of attention as they walked through the Welsh capital Credit: ITV News Wales / Army
A young girl beams as she meets the iconic regimental goat Credit: ITV News Wales / Army
Shenkin, ever the professional, enjoyed the fuss as he was led through the city Credit: ITV News Wales / Army
The Goat Major enters his namesake pub in Cardiff Credit: ITV News Wales / Army

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Goat Major to hand over reins after 30 years

Shenkin the goat and Goat Major Sgt David Joseph lead the Welsh team onto the Millennium Stadium pitch in 2008 Credit: David Jones/PA

The man in charge of the Royal Welsh regimental goat is retiring after 30 years.

Sergeant David Joseph will lead Shenkin out for the final time at the Millennium Stadium later today.

Sgt Joseph told ITV Wales: "Some of the things we've done are quite unbelievable. The goat has been inside Number 10 Downing Street. We've also visited Buckingham Palace and St James' Palace."

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