Missy's lasting legacy
Generous donations from around the world have helped to fund a fitting tribute to Havant’s famous ‘bus stop cat’.
A memorial bench made from oak, with a cat sculpture curled up at one end, was recently revealed by the Mayor of Havant Faith Ponsonby, in tribute to Missy, who passed away in February.
The bench, created by local chainsaw sculptor Chris Bain, has been placed on the grass verge in Dunsbury Way, Leigh Park directly opposite Missy’s favourite bus shelter.
Contributions from across the globe exceeded expectations following the sad loss of Missy, who spent most days enjoying the company of passing passengers on the Number 39 Stagecoach bus.
Cllr Ponsonby said: “It is a tribute to the community of Leigh Park, too, that so much has been raised for this memorial. Missy was a friend for many passers-by, some of whom may not have been allowed to have an animal of their own to love in their rented accommodation. I shall look forward to sitting in the sun on the bench, alongside the carving of Missy, and chatting to Missy’s friends.”