Great excitement last weekend, as Stella number 62, Toucan, made the long journey to Mersea from Dundee.
Stellas were originally designed and built on the Essex coast, 50-odd years ago, but as their popularity increased, some were built further afield. Toucan herself was built in Scotland, so while this isn't exactly a 'homecoming' for her, she will surely enjoy the company of so many other Stellas in her new location.
Toucan is shortly to be the star of her very own blog, which will recount her history, her 13-hour road-trip south and, with any luck, her slow - but steady and loving - restoration and eventual (fingers crossed) re-launch.
Meanwhile, here are some pics of her journey and the condition she's in. Quite a project. Probably a mad one, but . . . . well, we'll see what happens.
And the Toucan/Guinness connection is certainly going to be a source of entertainment on various levels. Incidentally, on a literary note, it's a little-known fact (and one I had forgotten until recently researching toucanalia on the internet) that the original advertising slogan for Guinness which employed the toucan was none other than Dorothy L Sayers:
“If he can say as you can
Guinness is good for you
How grand to be a Toucan
Just think what Toucan do”
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