Exmouth’s ‘legendary’ Camperdown cat remembered by council with ‘beautiful’ memorial

PUBLISHED: 18:00 07 September 2018

Ollie the Camperdown Cat has been remembered by staff at East Devon District Council. Picture: contributed

Ollie the Camperdown Cat has been remembered by staff at East Devon District Council. Picture: contributed

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The life of Exmouth’s ‘beloved’ and ‘legendary’ Camperdown cat has been commemorated by council workers with a touching plaque and tree-planting.

Ollie the cat. Picture: contributedOllie the cat. Picture: contributed

Ollie ‘the Camperdown cat’ became known as such by the staff at East Devon District Council because he was so often found wandering the area’s streets.

Known for being a cat with character and confidence Ollie would often jump through the window into the council offices and even join in the odd meeting.

The much-loved moggy sadly died 12 months ago, but Exmouth’s StreetScene team has made sure his memory will live on, by commemorating him with a special memorial.

The gold plaque is engraved with the words: “Ollie, Exmouth’s legendary cat, missed by many.”

A memorial to commemorate Ollie, the 'legendary' cat, 'missed by many' in Exmouth. Picture: contributedA memorial to commemorate Ollie, the 'legendary' cat, 'missed by many' in Exmouth. Picture: contributed

A spokesman for the council said: “Ollie was very well-loved around Exmouth and was known as ‘the Camperdown cat’, as he loved that area of the town best.

“While his owners were known, they could not stop Ollie wandering far and wide and making East Devon District Council’s Camperdown depot his adopted home.”

Council staff took to feeding him, looking out for him and sometimes picking him up when he wandered into main roads.

They even built a kennel shelter for Ollie in the yard of the depot, for when no one was there.

A memorial to commemorate Ollie, the 'legendary' cat, 'missed by many' in Exmouth. Picture: contributedA memorial to commemorate Ollie, the 'legendary' cat, 'missed by many' in Exmouth. Picture: contributed

To mark the first anniversary of his passing, the StreetScene West Operations Team clubbed together and bought a little olive tree (olive for Ollie), and planted it in an old pot in the depot yard.

The little memorial, complete with a china cat and a plaque, now sits in the yard to remind the team of their feline friend.

The spokesman added: “He became a very beloved member of the team, and despite not formally being allowed to have an animal in the offices, Ollie would ignore our best efforts and jump through the window.

“At times, the ginger puss nonchalantly strayed into meetings too! The team at Camperdown became his surrogate family, but he was known throughout the town.”

East Devon District Council expressed gratitude to StreetScene team members Steve, Mike, Dave and Si, and said a ‘huge thank you’ for making the ‘beautiful’ memorial for the cat who is ‘highly missed by all - especially the team at Camperdown.

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