Landmark Penguins Pilferred

The Penguin Post has learned that the two penguins that sat on the gate posts of Barbara Cole’s house in Victoria Road in the Isle of Man in the U.K. that have achieved landmark status in the 12 years since they were put there have been stolen from their perches.

Mrs. Cole said she awoke on Tuesday morning to discover one of them had been broken off the stand and stolen. She said: ‘They have been vandalised good and proper. I haven’t a clue where the remains are. It’s irreplaceable as it was shipped over from America some years ago and they are no longer made.’

Barbara said the penguins have a strong emotional resonance for her because they are a link to her former husband Tom Glassey, a local character, writer and poet, who died in 2009. ‘Tom asked me to find some nautical birds and I found them on the internet. It appealed to both our sense of humour and have almost become a landmark in Castletown.’  She added: ‘You see big six foot men walk by and give their belly a stroke.’

Constable David Trevethan alongside the pillar the penguin has been stolen from

Constable David Trevethan alongside the pillar the penguin has been stolen from

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