Actual headline: Church cock victory joy: ‘it’s huge and majestic’

From The Local:

Church cock victory joy: ‘it’s huge and majestic’

Residents of Hisingen in Gothenburg will be celebrating more than just Easter this year, after the cock atop their local church took home Sweden’s annual Church Cock of the Year award.

“It’s just something special. It’s huge and majestic.”

Vedin is one of the members of “The Sunday Cocks” (Söndagstupparna), a hiking club whose members are “up with the crowing cocks” every Sunday morning, enjoying ten kilometer hikes around the Hisingen region.

He claims that his club has hiked past the church’s glorious cock many times before, and that he had put it up for nomination many time before.

Despite several previous failed attempts, Vedin decided to put it up once more this year, a decision he doesn’t regret.

The weather vane, which stands atop the Tolered Church in western Sweden, was designed and perched in 1961 by Torsten Hansson, who was the architect of the building.

The adornment is made of copper, and was built by metal smith Per-Erik Svensson.

Vedin added that another contributing factor to his decision to nominate the Hissingen church’s cock was the fact that a long-time member of the “Sunday Cocks” was a personal acquaintance of architect Hansson.

“Having that personal connection to the cock was also something extra special,” he said.

According to Swedish lifestyle magazine Land, it is a rotating cock, which when blown, spins on ball-bearings that were donated to the church by Swedish bearings’ giant SKF.

Vedin added that the “The Sunday Cocks” actually predates the church and its newly crowned cock, as the hiking club was founded in 1930 and currently has twenty-five active members.

The club is a “men-only” organization, he explained, which has taken its members on more than 2,000 hikes so far in all kinds of weather.