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Essex Village Unveils Statue Of Famous Goose Killed By Duck Gang

Godfrey the Goose was "feared by some, loved by others", said a man who campaigned for the statue.

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A much-loved goose that became the mascot for an Essex village but was tragically killed by a gang of ducks has been memorialised with a new life-size statue.

Godfrey the goose, who for more than 30 years could be seen patrolling the pond at Writtle, near Chelmsford, Essex, was well-known in the village and has even inspired a string of children's books.

Local man Bob Hibberd set up a fund to raise £500 for the 30kg clay statue. He told the Essex Chronicle: "I think this will bring some closure to the villagers who were upset at Godfrey's death.

"Because he was so old, over 30, people grew up with him from being in pushchairs all the way through to adulthood, and he was a real character.

"He used to chase people around, so while he was a figure that was feared by some, others loved him, and it is testament to that, that we were able to raise £500 to create the statue."

The goose was known locally for photobombing newlywed couples.

Godfrey, who according to local legend reached the age of 45, was reportedly attacked by Indian runner ducks in 2015 and died three months later.

His death was met with sadness, and memes.

Godfrey the Goose in #Writtle has died.

May Godfrey the Goose rest in peace #RIPGodfrey

In February police investigated the suspected shooting of another famous local goose in the village of Standon, Hertfordshire.

Patrick Smith is a senior reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in London.

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