Caretaker solves owl mystery

PUBLISHED: 17:30 24 May 2012

Michael Hodges hands over a bottle of champers to Tony Steer the solver of the great owl mystery after reading about the mystery in the Weston and Somerset Mercury

Michael Hodges hands over a bottle of champers to Tony Steer the solver of the great owl mystery after reading about the mystery in the Weston and Somerset Mercury

Jeremy Long \ JCL Photography

THE mystery of how two owls came to be perched on the roofs of two seafront villas in Weston has been solved.

The two plastic birds of prey – called T’wit and T’woo – have sat on the roofs of the Westcliff villas overlooking Prince Consort Gardens for more than a decade, and last week the Mercury asked the people of Weston how they came to be there.

Although the Mercury was inundated with calls from people with the answer, the prize of a bottle of champagne has gone to former Weston College caretaker Tony Steer.

While working at the college, he bought the plastic owls from a shop in Bristol in 1996.

He said: “We filled them with concrete and they were placed on top of the buildings, which were part of Weston College at the time, because we were having some problems with roosting pigeons.

“The ploy worked well for about a month but soon the crafty birds started drifting back.”

Michael Hodges, managing director of Broadway Heritage which is renovating the villas, presented him with his bottle of bubbly.


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