Lose my ele­phant? Not on your Nelly!

Scottish Daily Mail - - Freeview Primetime Planner - email: [email protected]­ly­mail.co.uk

AS A child dur­ing the war, my sis­ters and friends would play ‘swing around the lamp post’. My dad would throw a rope around the arm in the post, which was de­signed for the lamp­lighter to rest his lad­der against when he cleaned the glass. One day we were play­ing, and I was lean­ing against a wall wait­ing for my turn. On the wall I spot­ted a small black ele­phant. It had no trunk and one leg was miss­ing. I picked him up and put him in my pocket. He is still with me. I was seven then, and I am 84 now. I go every­where with him in my bag. He is even a TV star, as one day when I was out walk­ing, a TV crew stopped me. They were film­ing a piece about lucky charms and asked whether I had one. Of course I showed them my ele­phant, and ex­plained how I had come by him. I have told my daugh­ter that she must al­ways keep him af­ter I have gone, and my el­dest grand­son even has a tat­too of my lucky ele­phant on his arm.

Florence Lote, Mil­ton Keynes, Bucks.

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