PLANS are afoot to create a permanent memorial in the centre of Helensburgh for a much-loved town pet who passed away last month.

George the Helensburgh cat was a popular figure locally and internationally, having earned thousands of social media followers keen to keep up to date with his escapades from afar.

The friendly feline’s death was announced on his Facebook page on September 9 sparking streams of comments from fans - and suggestions of how best to honour his memory.

After one Advertiser reader raised the idea of a memorial on one of the plinths in Colquhoun Square’s outdoor museum, Jackie Hood - daughter of George’s owners, Dennis and Elizabeth - said “that would be just lovely”.

And in a social media post shared recently, Jackie wrote: “Hi everyone, sorry for being so quiet but it has taken a while to process everything that has happened this summer.

“I wanted to thank you all for the hundreds and hundreds of lovely, kind comments and all the cards and gifts we have received.

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“I had to stop looking at Facebook after George went as all your beautiful messages just made me cry.

“However, I have now read each and every one of them and although I can’t reply to everyone, please be assured that they mean the world.

“Whenever I am feeling sad, I go back and re-read them and they cheer me up no end.

“I now have George back in a little box, and am going to investigate getting a memorial made for him in Colquhoun Square - I think that is just the most wonderful idea.

“I am also thinking about doing another calendar, and Christmas cards to continue raising money for George’s charities.

“I am a bit low on new photos, so if anyone has any of George taken over the last few years, please send them to me. I’ve had quite a few requests to keep George’s page going so will do my best, gallows humour and all.”