Shop lion still has pride of place

PUBLISHED: 10:00 13 November 2010

Colin Morris with the irreplaceable giant toy lion

Colin Morris with the irreplaceable giant toy lion

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A SOFT-HEARTED toy shop owner finally succeeded in finding a buyer for a cuddly lion which had languished in his shop for years - only to realise he could not part from it.

Colin Morris, aged 65, bought the 3ft tall cuddly toy in 1970, when it was originally advertised for sale for £350.

Although proving popular with visitors to the shop in High Street, Burnham, he never attracted a buyer – until 
two weeks ago, when someone offered to buy it for their charity. But staff had become so attached to the creature, that Colin (pictured above) decided to reject the first offer he’d had in 40 years.

He said: “It’s become one of the main fixtures of the business now – everybody comments on it but nobody has ever walked away with it. I have now taken it off sale – I just wouldn’t let it go now.”

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