Bobby the antelope takes up residence at Warwick Castle - The Leamington Observer

Bobby the antelope takes up residence at Warwick Castle

AN ANTELOPE has taken up residence in the gardens of Warwick Castle – albeit a bronze one.

A statue of Bobby the Blackbuck Antelope – the official mascot for the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers – was unveiled in a special ceremony on Thursday June 6.

The unveiling was conducted by Prince Edward The Duke of Kent, Colonel in Chief of the Regiment, to mark the 80th anniversary of the D-Day landings, in which the Royal Warwickshire Regiment took part.

This year also marks the 350th anniversary of the founding of the regiment.

The regimental badge for the Royal Warwickshire Regiment has always been an antelope and is believed to have been first adapted from a Moorish banner captured during the Battle of Saragossa.

After the regiment was stationed in India, it began to adopt Blackbuck Antelopes as mascots and this tradition lasted for centuries. The mascot was always called Bobby and sadly the last Bobby passed away in 2005 but the legacy of Bobby still remains a major part of the regiment’s life and traditions.

The ‘Bobby’ memorial was the idea of Colonel Richard Cariss back in 2020. Initial plans were drawn up but then due to the pandemic, they had to be put on hold.

Planning permission was finally granted in March last year with the ideal time for the unveiling to coincide with the 80th anniversary of the D-Day landings as well as the regiment’s 350th anniversary.

The statue stands just over 2.5metres tall on a stone plinth and is located in the castle’s Peacock Garden.

It was been created by renowned wildlife sculptor, Knox Field, who is based in Oxfordshire.

Colonel Cariss said: “It is truly amazing to see ‘Bobby’ in his forever county home of Warwickshire and there is no better setting than within the magnificent grounds of Warwick Castle.

“It feels like the project has been a long time in the making, so it is great to finally see it come together and be unveiled on such a key date in history. A huge thank you to all involved in the project and for making it happen.”


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