The sculpture of beloved cat Gerald the Minster has finally been unveiled in his permanent home.
The friendly Bengal cat sadly passed away in September 2020. He was one of two cats that lived and roamed around York Minster.
The sculpture was unveiled today (Friday) at Church of the Holy Trinity, Goodramgate, a place that Gerald was particularly fond of. It will serve as his final resting place.
Members of the public were free to attend and there were refreshments and live music to enjoy. TV Yorkshire vet Julian Norton was there to do the unveiling, and the Lord Mayor and Lady Mayoress were also present.
It was originally due to take place in August last year, but the event had to be postponed as Julian was unable to attend the date.
“It’s the result of a few years of hard work,” said Justine Spencer, Gerald’s owner.
“I hope people can enjoy Gerald for years to come and also come to this beautiful church and enjoy all that the Holy Trinity has to offer.”
The sculpture is made from Yorkshire stone and was made by sculptor Anthony Bartyla, founder of The Raven And The Hare Stone Carving in York.
“This is the first time I’ve had the pleasure of unveiling a stone cat,” Julian said. “Normally I deal with cats covered in fur and alive.
“It’s fantastic that Gerald, who has obviously touched the lives of many people who have visited York over the years, it’s great that his memory lives on.”
Visitors to the church will be able to enjoy a quiet moment with Gerald in one of his most beloved places.