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Pride Lion pays a surprise visit to St Crispin's
Beryl Harper and Paul Varnsverry
Beryl Harper and Paul Varnsverry

A Northampton woman received a surprise visit from one of the Pride of Northampton lions.

Beryl Harper wrote a letter complimenting the lion statues in the town centre, but said she wanted to see one close to where she lives.

So, Northampton Borough Council surprised the pensioner, by bringing one of the lions to her.

The statue was presented to Beryl at St Crispin's Retirement Village, where it will stay for the next two weeks.

The Pride of Northampton scheme began earlier this year, with 40 lion statues being decorated by school children and local artists.

The event is organised by Northampton Borough Council in partnership with Wild in Art and has been supported by local businesses, schools and community groups.

Each lion reflects a part of Northampton and the county, and the statues are scattered across the town centre and at the train station for all to admire.

For Beryl, Northampton Borough Council brought out the Moosterious lion, which is a lion that looks like a cow and has been making appearances in Milton Keynes and at the Grosvenor Centre.

Councillor Paul Varnsverry, Northampton Borough Council cabinet member for culture said, "Beryl has worked really hard helping to make her area look wonderful this summer, so I am delighted that we can bring the Moosterious Lion to meet her."

The statue will remain on the front lawn of St Crispin's Retirement Village in Duston, for the next few weeks.

Beryl and her husband have agreed to look after the lion during that time. She says, "I really did not expect to see one of the Pride here. I am sure he will be very happy and we will take good care of him."

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