Ginger – proof we British are a nation of animal lovers
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.
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