Loch Ness monster found - in Poole Park lake

Bournemouth Echo: Loch Ness monster found - in Poole Park lake Loch Ness monster found - in Poole Park lake

IT’S been cold, wet, the economy is still in the doldrums, and winter is on its way – but a prankster has managed to put smiles on the faces of visitors to Poole Park.

A note written on the back of a paper bag and pushed through the door of the Daily Echo’s Poole office alerted us to a new attraction.

It said: “There’s some sort of really big fish thing stuck in the model boating part of Poole Park Lake!”

And sure enough, when we investigated, the lake had acquired its own version of the Loch Ness monster, positioned just far enough out that it could not be removed without wading into the water.

Small children spotting the head emerging from the water rushed towards it pointing and shouting with excitement. Even some of the adults seemed impressed.

Model boat enthusiast John Wakely said: “I think it’s great, I really do. It seems to be fixed to a metal post, so obviously someone has been in there up to their thighs.”

Fellow racer Graham Lockyer did not even seem to resent the fact that his model yacht became temporarily stuck behind the painted figure. “Some student has put that up. It’s rather fun,” he said.

Another said: “It gets in the way of the sailing ... but as long as it clears up the weed.”

Childminder Jacqueline Brookes, out for a walk with some of her charges, said: “It’s cute for the kids, but they could have made it a bit more rubbery and real.”

Jan Clark, walking with her three-year-old grand-daughter Rebecca Footner, said: “The children love it. I think it’s somebody’s idea of a practical joke. It’s a talking point.”

The identity of the japester is so far unknown, but if you would like to confess, you know how to find us.

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10:24am Thu 4 Oct 12

penhale says...

No doubt some jobs worth will remove this harmless bit of fun while quoting health and safety regulations.
No doubt some jobs worth will remove this harmless bit of fun while quoting health and safety regulations. penhale
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11:33am Thu 4 Oct 12

Duckorange says...

penhale wrote:
No doubt some jobs worth will remove this harmless bit of fun while quoting health and safety regulations.
Only he has passed his (or her) heavy lifting and working in water courses
[quote][p][bold]penhale[/bold] wrote: No doubt some jobs worth will remove this harmless bit of fun while quoting health and safety regulations.[/p][/quote]Only he has passed his (or her) heavy lifting and working in water courses Duckorange
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11:34am Thu 4 Oct 12

BarrHumbug says...

What is it with people today, everything has to be in 3D!
Whoever it was went to the effort to make it, paint it, attach it to a pole and wade out into the darkness at night to erect the thing and all Jacqueline can say is "they could have made it more real" I'd like to see her do a better job!
What is it with people today, everything has to be in 3D! Whoever it was went to the effort to make it, paint it, attach it to a pole and wade out into the darkness at night to erect the thing and all Jacqueline can say is "they could have made it more real" I'd like to see her do a better job! BarrHumbug
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12:24pm Thu 4 Oct 12

Morrigan says...

BarrHumbug wrote:
What is it with people today, everything has to be in 3D!
Whoever it was went to the effort to make it, paint it, attach it to a pole and wade out into the darkness at night to erect the thing and all Jacqueline can say is "they could have made it more real" I'd like to see her do a better job!
Couldn't agree with you more! I'd like to see her do any better ...... :o//
[quote][p][bold]BarrHumbug[/bold] wrote: What is it with people today, everything has to be in 3D! Whoever it was went to the effort to make it, paint it, attach it to a pole and wade out into the darkness at night to erect the thing and all Jacqueline can say is "they could have made it more real" I'd like to see her do a better job![/p][/quote]Couldn't agree with you more! I'd like to see her do any better ...... :o// Morrigan
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12:58pm Thu 4 Oct 12

lorrainea says...

BarrHumbug wrote:
What is it with people today, everything has to be in 3D!
Whoever it was went to the effort to make it, paint it, attach it to a pole and wade out into the darkness at night to erect the thing and all Jacqueline can say is "they could have made it more real" I'd like to see her do a better job!
Well said Barrhumbug!
[quote][p][bold]BarrHumbug[/bold] wrote: What is it with people today, everything has to be in 3D! Whoever it was went to the effort to make it, paint it, attach it to a pole and wade out into the darkness at night to erect the thing and all Jacqueline can say is "they could have made it more real" I'd like to see her do a better job![/p][/quote]Well said Barrhumbug! lorrainea
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5:52pm Thu 4 Oct 12

pete woodley says...

For a minute i thought Eddie Michell might have wandered too far from his "cafe".
For a minute i thought Eddie Michell might have wandered too far from his "cafe". pete woodley
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12:17am Sun 7 Oct 12

WickedWillow1 says...

Well if there is anything that could make my kids laugh through this very difficult time they are going through it has to be this! next time i see them, this article is going with me. Thanks daily echoe for turning my sadness into laughter even just for a night.
Well if there is anything that could make my kids laugh through this very difficult time they are going through it has to be this! next time i see them, this article is going with me. Thanks daily echoe for turning my sadness into laughter even just for a night. WickedWillow1
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