The Rook in the Red Coat
We are adopting an object! The Canterbury Museums and Galleries are coming to Petham to present us with our object, The Rook in the Red Coat, during a whole school assembly on the 21st of February. We've ended up with a very quirky object, a rook in a coat, in keeping with our class names, which are birds. Our adopted rook lives in The Beaney, Canterbury.
There is a simple yet sad tale of how The Beaney came to acquire a rook dressed quite curiously in a red coat.
The intriguing story is from the early 1900s when a group of boys, looking for a bit of fun, captured a rook and dressed it quite playfully in a red coat. Unfortunately, when the rook eventually returned to its flock, still clad in its fetching red coat, it was rejected by its flock. The birds made such an almighty fuss that the keeper shot the poor rook.
Now immortalised forever in the coat which became his demise, the Rook in the Red Coat is now on display with a dozen other taxidermy friends including, quite fittingly, a red squirrel and red fox.
Period Early 20th Century
Find me in Colour and Camouflage, The Beaney