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Cathedral holds giant memorial service for town's favourite cat

Hundreds of people attended the memorial cat-sad
© Mr Sainsbury's aka Garfield - Facebook

Ely Cathedral held a pet-friendly memorial service after the passing of the town's favourite furry resident. Garfield, the little ginger cat who loved to hang out in Sainsbury's, passed away at age 12.

By Ashley Murphy

Published on the 24/09/2019, 09:00, Updated on the 08/02/2021, 13:40

Garfield was a familiar sight around his home town, but his favourite place to hang out was a local Sainsburys store in Ely, Cambridgeshire.

Garfield's favourite hang out

In fact, Garfield visited the store almost every day since its opening in 2012.

He spent most of his time lolling around in the carpark, enjoying a few strokes from all his friends, and munching on his fair share of kitty treats.

Garfield even had his own Facebook page, where 7,000 followers from all over the globe followed his every move.

But tragedy struck last July when Garfield was hit by a car and died shortly after. He was 12 years old.

The town residents recently came together to remember the mog's life during a cathedral service in celebration of animals.

The annual event is a chance for humans to show their appreciation of our furry friends and this year's guests included dogs, cats, ferrets, guinea pigs and even a donkey! Around 450 pet owners joined the service, which was led by Canon James Garrard, Canon Jessica Martin, and her rescue dog Gonzo!

Author Cate Caruth, who wrote a book about Sailbury's most famous cat, paid a moving tribute to Garfield. She said:

"The whole of Ely mourned...He was a pet for all those who could have no pet of their own. Garfield touched thousands of lives around the world. In remembering Garfield, we remember all those pets."

Gone, but definitely not forgotten

Garfield's owner also set up a charity page to raise fund for Cats Protection, the UK's leading cat charity that rescues and rehomes around 200,000 felines every year. David Willers, Garfield's cat-dad, said:

"Garfield brought joy to all our lives and his memory and legacy lives on."

Garfield might be gone, but it will be a very long time before Salisbury town forgets this very special cat!