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Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Alice in Wonderland white rabbit to be restored to Llandudno's West Shore

The Western Mail reports that the famous and historic Alice in Wonderland statue of a white rabbit is to be restored to Llandudno's West Shore. The Grade II listed statue was removed in 2012 after vandals repeatedly targeted it, including ripping off its ears.

The restored statue is now to be watched over by security cameras in an attempt to protect it from further attacks. It will not however, be going back to the original location. Instead the rabbit will be positioned within the Llandudno conservation area, near a tram shelter, which is also Grade II listed, on West Shore.

Eight-year-old Alice Liddell, who inspired Lewis Carroll to write his story, was taken to Llandudno for a family holiday in 1861 and the girl’s father had a house built at West Shore. The house was demolished in 2008.

The marble statue of the rabbit was unveiled by Prime Minister, David Lloyd George in 1933 and had previously been kept in a steel dome cage. That cage will no longer be required.

I spent many holidays as a child playing on the West Shore near to the white rabbit statue, so this restoration is very welcome.
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