I was quite shocked to have my attention drawn to two stone plaques of seals balancing balls on their noses above the shops at Apex Corner by a good friend of this blog Mark Amies.
I'm not sure, there are two of them, one dated 1958, the other 1959.— Mark Amies (@Superfast72) August 6, 2018
Maybe the network genius of @Barneteye may solve the mystery? pic.twitter.com/9rphFEt8aZ
I hope so, I’m intrigued!— David Bonney (@isetta_windsor) August 6, 2018
Good friend of this blog, Robert Elms on BBC Radio London has joined in the hunt to find the mystery seals and made the subject one of his notes and queries this morning! I'm hoping the answer will be found between Noon and 12.30pm on his show. Click here to listen
Subsequently, following listeners responses, we have figured the mystery out. The correct name of the Parade is Northway Circus and the seals represent circus animals. Thay part of the parade was built in 1958/9.
Got a local mystery? Let us know and we'll see if we can sort it out
If you can help call Robert on 0800 731 2000 before 12.00 or leave a comment on this page!
**** Update @ 12:10 **** A surveyor has rung up Robert to state that the part of the parade in question was built 1958/9 - closer examination of the picture on Francis Firth backs this up. You can see that the second half of the parade was not built. He suspects that they are simply to commemorate the year of construction and are simply decorative