Hamish McHamish statue to be unveiled on Saturday 5 April 2014
It’s been a while since we noted the aim of having a statue dedicated to Hamish McHhamish, the nomadic St Andrews’ cat which has come to be known as Scotland’s most famous cat, and not being local means we depend on the media, which had gone a little quiet just about the time the statue’s arrival had been predicted.
However, I’m glad to be able to update this story with the news that the statue is to be revealed by the Provost of Fife, Jim Leishman in the town’s Church Square on Saturday 5 April 2014.
Residents of St Andrews raised £5,000 to pay for the bronze statue public donations and grants from the Community Council, the Community Trust, and the R&A. Local stonemason Colin Sweeney dedicated time to make the plinth and the celebratory event to mark the unveiling is being funded by Fife Council. The statue was designed by David Annand.
After learning that Fife Council had approved the plans back in November, Ms Selwyn said: “Our statue is a way of saying thank you to Hamish for being so ‘purrfectly’ adorable and to celebrate him and the joy he brings us.”
The 14-year-old cat originally belonged to St Andrews resident Marianne Baird (who still makes sure he gets an annual check-up at the vet), but walked out at the age of one and has since become the town’s collective pet, wandering between houses, shops, and university buildings
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