A WORLD-EXCLUSIVE photograph taken by a County Gazette reader has become a Twitter sensation.

The picture - of a blob of milkshake on a Taunton pavement (above) - was captured expertly by reader Barry Nowlan and published in the paper on June 28 last year.

Initially overlooked by the online community, the picture has become an overnight hit on Twitter at the start of 2013 and has been 'retweeted' - shared with other users of the social networking site - hundreds of times.

Twitter user Tony Braisby said: "This is why I love local papers."

County Gazette news editor Andrew McGill said: "Our reader picture section is extremely popular and with high-quality photographs like Barry's, it is no surprise.

"Barry said he thought the blob looked like a sheep but others have compared it to a cloud and even other types of animal.

"Once again this proves the County Gazette is always first with the biggest and best news stories in Taunton Deane and West Somerset."

You can send your reader photographs - of blobs of milkshake or anything else - to newsdesk@countygazette.co.uk or Tweet us @CountyGazette