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Memorial planned for roadside hen

Bee Bee the hen
Bee Bee was a popular sight on the A66

A roadside memorial is planned for a hen that lived alongside a stretch of the A66 in Cumbria.

Bee Bee escaped from an allotment at Great Broughton near Cockermouth in April 2008 and made her home at the side of the road at Brigham.

She became popular with motorists and would run alongside cars, but was killed five months later.

Now two friends will mark the first anniversary of her death by placing a cross at the spot where she died.

'Always a character'

Michael Graham, 24, of Workington said: "When we first saw her at the side of the road we thought it was a bit odd.

"But as the days went on it became a bit of a ritual to toot your horn as she went by.

"It gave us another reason to get up in the morning.

"She always used to be on the same side of the road and the only time she tried to cross she got run over.

"So we have decided to put up a cross as a sign of respect on 11 September."

More than 200 people have registered on a memorial page to Bee Bee on social networking site Facebook.

Bee Bee's former owner Janet King said: "She was always a character and used to follow me around.

"I didn't clip her wing feathers and she managed to get out of the pen.

"I saw her a couple of months later by the A66 and she seemed very happy so we left her.

"It's very touching that so many people thought so much about a little black hen."

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