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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.”