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M5's 'Humphrey the camel' receives Christmas cards
M5 Camel
Humphrey made an appearance at Taunton's Christmas parade in 2008

An iconic sculpture on the M5 in Somerset has brightened up motorists' journeys so much that they have been sending it Christmas cards.

Humphrey the fibre glass camel has been situated in Lorraine Hooper's back garden for the past 25 years.

The camel also receives postcards and summer clothes from passers-by who simply address the gifts to "The camel, M5 Junction 23 and 24."

Mrs Hooper said she only put the camel there as "it had nowhere else to go".

'A little laugh'

The unique model was created by a group of young farmers from the Somerset area and traditionally, when one of the farmers got married, Humphrey would reside in the newly-weds' garden.

M5 SCULPTURES
Willow man, near junction 23
'Travelling light' , junction 21
Dinosaur, near junction 24 south
Humphrey and Boo the camels, near junction 23

When Mrs Hooper married one of the farmers who built him, they decided to put Humphrey in their back garden, and since then he has never left their back yard, except to do his bit for charity.

"He's visited Bristol to do charity events and even attended the Taunton Christmas Parade," said Mrs Hooper.

Humphrey now has a baby son called Boo to help him keep watch of the motorway.

"He'll just sit there and make everyone happy," Mrs Hooper added.

"That's our aim; to make everyone have a little laugh."




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