The Fenella Story: Talk & Walk #1
£12 (£8 concessions)5:00 pm - 7:00 pm 58 Huddersfield Road, Holmfirth, HD9 3AZUp Country (upstairs)Event Type:OutdoorsSpoken Word
Join us Upstairs at Up Country to find out more about one of Holmfirth‘s more unusual former residents: Fenella the tiger. There will be opportunities to see original film footage of Fenella at play. You’ll hear stories from Rosamund Hiles, daughter of Kassie Overend, whose family owned Fenella.
You’ll take part in a short guided walk around key landmarks in Fenella’s life. Afterwards, we’ll return to Helen J Bray’s Studio for soft drinks, and have time to view previously unseen photographs of Fenella.
The event is limited to 25. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult, and dogs are not allowed. Please note that the walk will include a steep ascent (and descent) of Goose Green – a cobbled back street of Holmfirth.
At the outbreak of World War 2, the Overends brought Fenella back with them to live in Holmfirth. After a spell in quarantine, the Sumatran tiger lived with the circus family, who took her on long walks around Holmfirth. Fenella is today remembered by pupils who attended “Nabb” School (Holmfirth Junior and Infant) as a friendly tiger, and have lasting memories of incidents involving Fenella.
As Fenella, “Feney” for short, grew older she was then taken on a brief tour and featured in theatres across Britain. In 1950, she sadly died, but the memories she left behind with the local people of Holmfirth are still remembered to this day.
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