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Bill Bird Shoes team say a sad farewell to beloved cat, Roberta

Our beloved workshop cat, Roberta died yesterday after ten years of looking after us and our workshop, keeping it free of mice and entertaining our clients. She will be dearly missed.

Bill Bird said: “Bless you on your way Roberta and thank you for bringing joy into our lives. For keeping us free from mice, and not catching birds, and… very importantly… constantly reminding us that the world is bigger than the world of making shoes, if only by the diameter of a lovely and gentle pussy cat.

“Fair well, and if you re-incarnate, may you come back as a shoemaker who has as lovely a cat as you have been, to sit on your lap and on your tools and on your bench and poking through the arm your stitching machine!”

This is her grave at our workshop in Blockley, seen through the tree she loved to climb and sharpen her claws on. Bluebells will be planted over her to remind us of her for years to come.