A memorial to Street Cat Bob – featuring a life-size statue – has been opened in London, and The Big Issue can bring you exclusive video from the ceremony.
Bob’s best friend James Bowen unveiled the moving tribute to the cat who helped him overcome homelessness and addiction.
“This means a lot to me,” said James, addressing the small gathering of fans in Islington Green. “I know it means a lot to all of you guys. Everybody here has a story to tell about how much Bob means to them. I don’t have any way I could ever express how grateful I am to commemorate this amazing little man.”
James said that it was a “cathartic” day, adding: “Bob is forever a part of Islington. We’ve made our mark on this place. And Bob has definitely earned it. I’m proud of him.”
Tanya Russell, the sculptor behind the tribute to Street Cat Bob, said she had been nervous about the unveiling.
“It’s such an important sculpture. It’s portraying a story that is so important to so many people,” she said.