Statue of friendly goose that charmed a Shropshire town for 20 years is unveiled

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The statue of George Goose, the Ellesmere Ambassador

George Goose became an Ellesmere Ambassador and lived on the Mere for over 20 years before his death in March this year.

The Chinese goose was a favorite of the community of Ellesmere, who raised funds to commemorate his life with a stone statue which was unveiled at the Mere on Saturday.

The town’s mayor, Councilor Anne Wignall, put on her rubber boots and waded into the shallow water near the boardwalk to unveil the statue.

Mayor Anne Wignall pictured with Tudor Griffiths, who supplied the stone, Becca Moore and Tyneya Moore, two (Becca came up with the idea for a tribute), and blacksmith Chris Stokes, who made the nameplate

Thanking everyone who was behind the unveiling of the statue, Anne ended her presentation by offering everyone seeds to feed the geese that still live there.

She said: “It went really well and we had a great crowd. George was such a popular and friendly goose and we were keen to show the people behind it.

“Generations of children have enjoyed coming to feed this charismatic goose, while older ones have enjoyed interacting with him, especially during the dark days of lockdown.

“It was almost like he knew you and he made everyone happy.

Mayor Anne Wignall unveils statue of George

“This statue will hopefully appeal to children, residents and visitors for many years to come and will recognize the other wild animals of the sea that play such an important role in Ellesmere’s tourism.”

Local craftsman Tony Lewery has been praised for his role in setting up George on The Mere.

Businessman John Tudor Griffiths was credited for donating his Welsh quarry stone which was then delivered to Ellesmere while Rebecca Moore was hailed for kicking off the fundraising campaign for buy the statue.

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