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Children leave shrine to ‘special cat’ run over near school gates

'She loved to sit and watch the girls play cricket and bathe in the sunshine on top of the slide'

26 October, 2017 — By Tom Foot

CHILDREN have left a heartfelt tribute to a neighbourhood cat after she was run over near their school gates.

Tributes to “everybody’s friend” Tiger Lily have been fixed to a tree opposite the Village School, in Parkhill Road, Belsize Park. “She loved to sit and watch the girls play cricket and bathe in the sunshine on top of the slide,” said the note from the school. “We have all been wondering where she might be and have missed her and her visits to the school… Our girls used to love to stroke her and she was so very gentle.”

Other messages mourned “a special cat who brought in a lot of happiness when she used to pop around to say hello” while another lamented “post-work walk home cuddles will be very missed”.

A child’s message on the tree simply read: “You are the best.” In JM Barrie’s Peter Pan, the character Tiger Lily is a princess living in Neverland who is nearly killed by Captain Hook and falls in love with Peter. The cat is believed to have been hit by a cyclist turning into Parkhill Road from Haverstock Hill.

Teacher Wendy Richards, who has lived in the road for 30 years, said she had spoken about Tiger Lily at a recent lecture in Islington on happiness.

“They were saying the first thing about happiness is to attack loneliness,” she said. “I stood up to address the audience and said that Tiger Lily was really the spirit of happiness and friendship in our street. She was a fantastic little creature, more like a little human being. For my tips and tricks on happiness, she was top of the list.”

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