He has over 500 fans on Facebook and has been celebrated as one of Truro’s best-loved characters – but, sadly, Mr Jingles has died.
The feline ‘legend of Lemon Street’ was a well-known sight on Truro’s historic Georgian hill, popping in to watch the odd film at The Plaza (The Aristocats, perhaps?) or slipping into Ask to steal an unsuspecting diner’s pussta, sorry, pasta.
He was known to terrorise local dogs but was also happy to provide a cuddle for harassed office workers.
Mr Jingles had competition as Lemon Street’s most famous cat – Bustopher Jones strutted his feline stuff on the sign of the celebrated Truro restaurant – but Bustopher didn’t go to sleep in the in-tray at Lander Mortgage Services or pop in for a miaow at Rococo Hairdressers.
The popular cat’s death was announced on his fan page on Facebook yesterday (Tuesday, March 2): “A very sad day yesterday, Mr Jingles has passed over the rainbow bridge. He was unwell late last week and sadly took a turn yesterday.
“He will be missed by his team of carers. Special thanks to Lorri who was his weekend mum, Michelle and Anthony who was his office carers and the rest of Lemon Street who kept an eye out for him. Mr J you certainly were one of a kind!”
The sad news has been greeted by tributes from over 100 of Mr Jingles’ fans.
Former Mayor of Truro Lorrie Eathorne-Gibbons – his “weekend mum” – said: “So very sad, feel sure his spirit will walk Lemon Street for ever. Missing you x”
Another former Mayor Lindsay Southcombe wrote: “I am so sorry and thank you so much to everyone who looked out for Mr Jingles and fed and loved him. The first time I saw him crossing Lemon St I was so worried he would get run over but he was just too clever for that!! I shall miss him – he was one it Truro’s characters! Run free little one.”
Many other people shared their sadness at Mr Jingles’ passing.
Clair McBride: “I’m heartbroken for all of you. I always look for him when I’m going to the Plaza. I last saw him perched up on the stools in the lobby! A lovely memory to keep and I shall miss seeing him.”
Natalie Cape: “Oh my lord, I can’t believe this. Totally heartbroken. What an absolute cherub he was and will be greatly missed my many.”
Alex Dixon: “Bless him, I’ll miss that boy and his antics at the One Eyed Cat, attacking the customers who tried to stroke him at the bar. And who will terrorise my dog every day now?? Bless his heart. Truro will miss its mascot.”
IBuntu Opticians, based on Lemon Street, said: “I am so sad to hear that Mr Jingles has left us … our deepest condolences.”
Tanya Cathrow: So sad to hear this. No more of his breakfast visits at CAD Architects Ltd. We are very sorry and will miss seeing him.”
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John Spenceley: “So sorry to hear the sad news. Mr J gave so much joy to his many fans. He leaves his legacy and will always be part of Truro’s history.”
Lorna Thorpe: “What sad news. Lemon Street won’t be the same without you, Mr Jingles.”