Plaque unveiled in memory of Alfie the Chepstow cat
6:01am Wednesday 23rd October 2013 in News
Chepstow potter Ned Heywood, (left), and chemist owner Peter Merrick with the plaque inscribe 'Alfie Corner', in honour of vthe cat who died aged 19, (1674946)
A PLAQUE to remember Alfie ‘the most famous cat in Monmouthshire' has taken pride of place on the wall above his favourite spot in Chepstow,
The plaque, made by local potter Ned Heywood, has been hung on the wall of Merrick’s Chemist on Steep Street to honour Alfie the Chepstow cat, who was a regular fixture on the street until his death in March at the age of 19.
Alfie, who died peacefully in his sleep at home, became a much-loved character in the town and brought a smile to passers-by as he sat on the corner of the street.
Alfie had more than 3,700 ‘likes’ and over 600 tributes on a facebook page dedicated to him and set up by his owner Caroline Gammon’s children. The outpouring of support saw locals come together calling for a plaque to be made in his honour.
Mr Heywood, who has been throwing and glazing pots, bowls and plaques at his Lower Church Street studio for over 30 years, offered to make the plaque, inscribed with the words ‘Alfie’s Corner ’ and a features a black cat- for free, and it was finally put in place on Sunday by Ms Gammon’s partner, David Ramsey.
Mr Heywood said: “Alfie was known and loved by many people. I was more than happy to make a plaque in his name.”
Ms Gammon said she was overwhelmed by the generous offer from Mr Heywood, who is also a councillor for the ward.
“It is a fitting tribute to Alfie and very kind of Mr Heywood to make it for us. David quietly put the plaque on the wall on Sunday . It’s nice for it to be in a place that Alfie liked to sit and where the girls in the pharmacy would always look out for him.”
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