A church’s favourite feline is safely back at home after he went missing for almost three weeks.
The ginger tom, called Cracker, is well known among the congregation at St Faith’s Church in Gaywood for sitting on the pews during services and even finding his way into wedding pictures.
And worshippers had a very happy new year when the 13-year-old moggy was reunited with his owner, Adie Dean, during the festive break.
Cracker disappeared from his home on the Springwood estate on December 10, just a few weeks after he and Miss Dean moved out of their former home next door to the church.
She said: “He’s very much the church cat. He used to go in for services. He’d sit on the pews and go round the ladies. They all love him.”
He was found by church warden Richard Parr after he had visited a nearby shop on December 28 and soon reunited with Miss Dean.
She said: “It was very emotional. You never know what’s happened to them.”
She has been more careful to make sure he doesn’t use up any more of his nine lives on other adventures.
“He’s been kept supervised. We do let him go out during the day, but at night I don’t let him out so much unsupervised.”