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Knitted whale and lifeboat on Teddington post box
Local landmarks recreated in Manor Road
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Knitted hat recalls the great Teddington whale drama

One of Teddington’s post boxes has been singled out for a decorative ‘hat’ with familiar local themes.

The box, in Manor Road, now has its own distinctive ‘topper’ with a brilliant and eye-catching knitted version of a bright orange RNLI lifeboat and a grey whale.

The two symbols represent significant links and tributes to the local community with the Teddington lifeboat station just a stone’s throw away near the Wharf riverside restaurant.

The knitted version of the whale is thought to depict the minke calf whale which became stranded in the River Thames near the Flying Cloud Cafe in Ferry Road in May 2021.

The drama played out over several days attracting hundreds of sightseers as well as media interest from all over the world before the whale was euthanised.

The knitted blue ‘hat’ on top of the bright red box has the letters RNLI sewed into the top and bright orange life-belts dangling from the sides.

Post box toppers have become familiar sights all over the country with elaborate scenes recreated of local landmarks as a tribute, commemoration or simply for public enjoyment including special tributes to NHS workers during the pandemic and for Queen Elizabeth’s Platinum Jubilee as well as her death a year ago.

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