Monday, 27 August 2012

Lion Spotted In Essex

photo by Channi =]

With Internet news headlines rife with a police search for a lion in Essex, it reminded me of a tale told about Victoria Square, Portsmouth.

The Guildhall has two stone lions at the top of the steps, either side of the entrance. In the middle of the Square there is a statue on a plinth, of Queen Victoria.

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As a boy I was told that as the Guildhall clock struck midnight the lions would roar and Queen Victoria would climb down, lift her robes and walk up and down. I recounted this tale to Mrs B on our first date night in Portsmouth.

As the search has been called off, I would hope that the Essex lion has eloped with The Beast of Bodmin, to live happily ever after.

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