Ginger – proof we Bri­tish are a na­tion of an­i­mal lovers

Amer­sham Mu­seum

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - SPORT -

Bri­tish love of an­i­mals is leg­endary – but it’s not only house dogs and cats that are re­garded as full mem­bers of the fam­ily to be mourned on their pass­ing. Those feel­ings are some­times ex­tended to an­i­mals that sim­ply ‘adopt’ part of our towns and vil­lages.

Take for ex­am­ple, the case of Ginger.

The Memo­rial Gar­dens in Old Amer­sham were opened in 1949 to com­mem­o­rate the dead of the two world wars. Ginger, a cat, lived in these gar­dens for 16 years and Mag­gie Pusey from the lo­cal newsagent’s shop pro­vided food and a box for him to shel­ter in dur­ing bad weather.

The lo­cals were very fond of Ginger and, when he died in 1965, a head­stone was made for his grave un­der the yew tree next to the wall of the church grave­yard, where it still stands.

A mark of re­spect for a cat who be­came a part of the ev­ery­day lives of the peo­ple of the town.

For more in­for­ma­tion visit www. Amer­shamHis­tory.info.

Does any­one have a photo of dear old Ginger? If so, email it to us and we’ll pub­lish it in a fu­ture edi­tion of Life&Leisure. Email it to mort.smith@ trin­i­tymir­ror.com.

49 High Street Old Amer­sham HP7 0DP 01494 723700

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