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Last Updated: Friday, 20 August, 2004, 19:28 GMT 20:28 UK
Elephant ordered from roadside
Billy stood by the side of the main Armagh to Portadown road
A County Armagh company has been taken to task for a giant elephant that has been distracting motorists.

Billy the Elephant has stood watch over the main Armagh to Portadown road for the past six months.

However, the Roads Service has instructed the garden centre to remove the sign as it is causing confusion for passing motorists.

The authorities said there had been a proliferation of unauthorised signs on the road.

The owners of the specialist garden centre were ordered to remove Billy so they brought him back to rejoin his host of friends.

Joe Williamson of Abbey Garden Ornaments said Billy had been upset by the decision.

"Billy is not a sign, he's just a big harmless creature," he said.

"He likes the roadside and he likes to see the traffic passing.

"Putting an elephant behind cages isn't right. Billy wasn't too pleased and he's still very sad about it."

BBC NI's Gordon Adair:
"The elephant kept watch over the main Armagh to Portadown trunk road"


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