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Friday, 23 April 2010

Iggy-the Legend-RIP







Iggy the legendary station cat, well known to all those who frequent Tynemouth station either as travellers or as visitors or traders at the weekend markets and fairs (books, farmers' markets and latterly European Markets) has sadly died. Many will recognise Iggy who was always pottering round the stalls on market days , often resting quietly on one of the pet stalls , usually in the middle of the finest bed or softest cushion he could locate, or sauntering around tail aloft in search of one of his many friends , some of whom were rumoured to travel from as far afield as Durham even on days they were not trading simply for the pleasure of making sure Iggy had his salmon , prawns or tuna. I'm not sure how many of these rumours are true but my brother in law himself has a market stall and he will vouch for the numbers of different people , usually females, providing Iggy with "something special" which Iggy lapped up with pleasure.
Many in the locality believed that Iggy somehow "belonged" to the Station but in fact he had a very good home with Clare and Seamus in the house next door to mine ; it seemed though that as he got older he enjoyed spending more and more time on the station and even in Winter was still out on the benches keeping waiting passengers company as they waited for their trains.
I myself wrote a blog post to that effect back in December 08 and will attach a link . CatCalls: Iggy the legendary station cat
Over the last year Iggy became increasingly thin and his coat less pristine . He was found to be suffering from mouth cancer and though he continued to patrol the station , he was also going home for his medication and his home comforts no doubt.
A move is afoot to place a longstanding memorial for him in our station . I hope that this will be possible .
Walking through the station isnt the same, Iggy . Watching you cross the tracks with bated breath( ours.. you never hurried!) -nightmare!. Sharing stories about how you once caught a train and travelled along to North Shields . Just sitting stroking you on the bench in your heyday and stopping to say hello has been part of our day to day life for as long as we remember here.
Gone but not forgotten . Iggys Page also shows photos of Iggy .
Goodbye Iggy.

6 comments:

Silliyak said...

You're sure he just hasn't gone off to a farm in the country? Run off with a cat circus? Took a train to London for some culture?

BetteJo said...

Oh, and only 10. Such a short time for such a adventurer.

MsCatCalls said...

Gone to an alternative Station in the sky I guess?

Grumpy Old Ken said...

What a fantastic story. Such a change from politicians. Delightful blog by the way.

joan said...

HI catcalls, rest in peace iggy! yr blog story back in 2008 made me smile, what a great character, and im sure his fans would all put to a collection to have a memorial at the station,
And condolence to his owners xx

joan said...

Ps The poem on iggy page bought a tear to my eye! so right that poem is! We went through this when little bobbijo was ill, it was the last kind act to do, is to relieve suffering,
lv joan xx

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