Grumpy town cat farewelled at pub

Marlborough Express - The Saturday Express, Marlborough - - WHAT’S ON - JESS GIB­SON

She might be gone but Tiger Lily, Ma­pua’s adorably grumpy cat, will soon be get­ting a fond farewell at the lo­cal pub.

The tabby cat, who died in May, would roam around the vil­lage be­tween shops and houses for naps, food and cud­dles every day.

She was known to be a bit grumpy in her old age, but was al­ways happy to say hello and let peo­ple give her a pat.

It was un­clear as to how Tiger Lily claimed the whole town as her home rather than set­tling to one house­hold, but it was clear that the peo­ple had adopted her as fam­ily.

The 19-year-old cat had lived in Ma­pua Vil­lage for her en­tire life and was owned by no one and every­one.

She was loved by many and de­scribed as ‘‘iconic’’ within the com­mu­nity.

Lo­cals will get to­gether at the Sprig and Fern tav­ern to cel­e­brate the life of Tiger Lily, who passed away in May.

Wendy Perry be­came ‘town mum’ to Tiger Lily after she moved to Ma­pua 17 years ago.

Perry was al­ways on top of Tiger Lily’s well­be­ing, and set up a vet fund tin at Perry’s Auto Ser­vices.

Perry said Tiger Lily had three beds in the vil­lage - one at her house, one at Perry’s Auto Ser­vices and one un­der Zoom hair salon.

‘‘She’s just a cat that’s been here for­ever’’, she said. ‘‘She was so im­por­tant to the vil­lage that we thought we’d get to­gether and have some drinks for her.’’

Owner of Perry’s Auto Ser­vices Chris Atkins will also be at­tend­ing next week’s cel­e­bra­tion of Tiger Lily’s life and said he ex­pects that many will do the same.

‘‘It will be a full house.’’

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