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Chepstow says gooodbye to Alfie
Thursday, 21 March 2013
A wake for the much-loved ‘Chepstow Cat’, Alfie, was held in the Coach and Horses pub in Welsh Street on Sunday.
Between 75 and 100 people attended the event, all looking for somewhere to grieve for the famous moggy, who died last Tuesday (12th March).
Alfie has been a constant sight outside Chepstow’s Merrick’s pharmacy since moving to the area in 2003.
The cat, who reached the grand old age of 19, had gathered quite a fan base during his time in Chepstow. Well over 3,000 people have been following the little cat’s activities on his own Facebook page.
Over 1700 people acknowledged the announcement of the cat’s death last week, with 500 of these writing messages of condolence from as far away as Las Vegas and Australia.
The cat’s owner, Caroline Gammon, has three other cats but Alfie was the only one who was keen to be outside.
Caroline has spoken of how the wake went: “There were people of all ages there. People you wouldn’t have expected to see came along. There are even flowers outside the chemist with little cards on.
“It has made me really proud that Alfie is so famous. It has shocked me though as I didn’t realise how many people saw him.
“A collection went around the pub and money was raised for the Cat’s Protection Society. Another pub has also raised over £100 for the RSPCA in Alfie’s memory.
“It is very sad to lose him. It’s not just the fact that he’s gone, but we had him for 19 years and we’ve seen the children grow up with him. His life represents a milestone in ours, he wasn’t just a cat”.
Coach and Horses manager Nick Meyrick said: “We wanted to hold the wake because of the amount of upset in the town about Alfie’s death.
“It was a lovely event, there were loads of people here. I’ve lived in Chepstow since 1998 and I didn’t recognise half the people that came. It was a fantastic send off.”
Pub regular Tim Ryan read a poem for Alfie and talk has now even extended to applications to rename the bottom of Steep Street ‘Alfie’s Corner’ or to put up a plaque in his honour.
Keep an eye on the Beacon for more on this in the coming weeks
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