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Kitten keeps up Churchill tradition

Friday March 14th 2014

A seven-month-old rescue kitten has landed on his feet by finding a new home at Sir Winston Churchill's former Kent country estate.

It has been a tradition at Chartwell to have a marmalade cat with white bib and socks named Jock in the house ever since private secretary Sir John "Jock" Colville gave such a cat to the wartime leader.

The original Jock accompanied Churchill to Cabinet meetings and it is even said that Churchill would not eat until the cat was at the dining table.

Churchill's family always honoured the request, as has the National Trust ever since it was left the property in 1966.

The latest cat, once known as Malley but now Jock VI, was adopted by Chartwell house and collections manager Katherine Barnett after being rescued by Croydon Animal Samaritans. She says he is a caring and loving cat and is well-loved by staff and visitors.

Ms Barnett describes Jock VI's life as a "modern-day rags-to-riches story". He had something of a troubled start to his life but now enjoys lounging around on the Persian rugs at Chartwell and eating plenty of tuna. A historic buildings inspector even allowed the house to install a green cat flap.

Copyright Press Association 2014

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