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Elephant on the move... for repairs

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COMMUTERS travelling along Victoria Avenue may have done a double take this week – when they saw a large pink elephant pull up next to them at the traffic lights.

But it wasn’t a hallucination – it was just the distinctive slide from the Elephant Park in St Brelade on the back of a lorry as it was taken to be repaired.

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The same popular pink slide has been the main attraction at the park for about 30 years. This week it was removed by crane and taken to Rosden Glass Fibre at La Collette for repairs.

St Brelade Constable Mike Jackson says the slide is expected to be out of action for a couple of weeks.

‘We thought about doing it in the spring but now the weather is not so good it will have less of an impact,’ he said.

Speaking about the history of the park and the elephant, Mr Jackson said: ‘Reg Langlois, of Reg’s Garden, bought all the equipment on behalf of St Brelade’s Camping Park from Fort Regent when they closed the playground in around 1984/85.

‘The elephant was donated a couple of years later to the parish and has been appreciated by children in the play park ever since. Land for the play park was given to the parish by Dr Stapleton – a prominent cattle-breeder who lived at the property now known as the Lavender Farm.’

Jack Maguire

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