Framlingham: Memorial unveiled to ‘town cat’

A MEMORIAL was unveiled yesterday to a cat that had been adopted by the people of Framlingham.

Doophus was loved by many in the town and was a regular sight around its streets – so much so that he became known as the “town cat”.

He died, thought to be aged 20, in July last year and yesterday about 25 people gathered to see a plaque unveiled in his memory outside the library, one of his favourite haunts.

Stephanie Bennell, chair of the town council, said: “He was just always around, you would see him all the time.

“During the winter you would find him inside, perhaps in the library, and in the summer he’d be out sunbathing in Bridge Street.

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“He became a mascot of the town. He could go more or less wherever. He would always take the best chair, while everyone else had to stand up. People miss him very much.”

Mrs Bennell said the unveiling was performed by Pam Squirrell, who “provided bed and breakfast” for the cat for many years at her home in Bridge Street, and David Drummond, who offered Doophus “a luxury retirement home” in the cat’s final years.

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