THIS BLOG IS DEDICATED TO MY TWIN BROTHER, BILL DYKES (1943-1995). WE WERE NOT ONLY BROTHERS BUT PARTNERS IN BUSINESS AND BEST FRIENDS! AND TO ALL THE "BUTCHERS" THAT HAVE PASSED ON TO THE BIG LOT IN THE SKY!
Monday, December 30, 2013
THE GIRL WHO SAT ON AN ELEPHANT
The circus owner and ringmaster are pictured along with a small crowd of children and adults admiring the huge animal.
Jeff, who used to be a town guide, lived with his family in Union Walk at the time.
He said: “They used to weigh the elephants at the weighbridge next to the railway along the Old Warwick Road.
“The site now houses Jewsons builders merchants. I believe the weighbridge hut in the background is still there.”
Jeff says that his sister, who now lives in Hampshire had to have a bath after sitting on the elephant because of the oil which was smeared all over it.
Reader Jennie Haynes remembers elephants parading through Leamington in the 1960s. She said: “My journal from 1966 quotes ‘April 7. Took boys (our sons Greg age 4, and Keith age 3) into Leamington Spa to see the elephants on the Parade.’
“As I recall they walked from the station too. Hope others have memories too.”