As regular CFZ-watchers will know, for some time Corinna has been doing a column for Animals & Men and a regular segment on On The Track... particularly about out-of-place birds and rare vagrants. There seem to be more and more bird stories from all over the world hitting the news these days so, to make room for them all - and to give them all equal and worthy coverage - she has set up this new blog to cover all things feathery and Fortean.

Tuesday, 19 July 2016

Hundreds turn up for unveiling of goose statue in tribute to bird who was killed by ducks

14 JULY 2016 • 10:37AM

Hundreds of people turned up to mourn a beloved goose who was 'murdered' by a gang of aggressive ducks in his old age.

The goose, who reportedly resided in Writtle, Essex for decades - with some believing the dubious rumour he lived to the age of 45 - was a much beloved resident.

He was well-known for photo bombing wedding photographs and chasing people around Writtle.

Godfrey the goose was killed last year by a gang of aggressive ducks - so the people of Writtle decided to erect a monument in his memory.

Bob Hibberd began fundraising for a life-size statue to be placed in the village pond last summer.

It was unveiled this week as hundreds of residents paid their respects to Godfrey.

Mr Hibberd managed to raise £500 for the sculpture.

The kind resident, whose partner Jean Cakebread has produced a book about Godfrey, said: "I think this will bring some closure to the villagers who were upset at Godfrey’s death. 

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