In 1990 when I was on PTS, I was taking an elderly lady home to High Street in Woolton. When we arrived at Woolton Village, there was a large police presence and a crowd of people, but we were unaware of the reason for this. I was unable to park in the High Street, so I parked by the Coach and Horses pub and proceeded to assist the patient to her home address. When we turned the corner, I looked up and saw a huge elephant in the gardens. I said to my patient ‘do you know that you have an elephant in your garden?’, you can imagine her reaction. I managed to safely deliver the patient to her home address and when I was leaving her house, I saw a police superintendent running down the middle of the road, with the elephant chasing after him, it was a hysterical sight.
The elephant was brought in as a publicity stunt to start the foundation dig for the new Marie Curie centre, (which was replacing the old Sunnybank home) and escaped and decided to have a good walk round Woolton including St Julies school before being captured