Honour for Bungay man who made Chicken Roundabout a national hit

PUBLISHED: 14:52 12 December 2012 | UPDATED: 14:54 12 December 2012

Gordon Knowles, 80, has been made a living legend after receiving his own Bungay broadsheet for his care of the chickens on Chicken Roundabout.

Gordon Knowles, 80, has been made a living legend after receiving his own Bungay broadsheet for his care of the chickens on Chicken Roundabout.

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The man who made Bungay’s famous Chicken Roundabout a national cult phenomenon has claimed his own rightful place in the Suffolk town’s official history.

Gordon Knowles has received his own broadsheet, a preserved display page only previously allocated to landmarks and legends such as the infamous Black Dog.

The plaque unveiled yesterday at Bungay’s Falcon Bridge chronicles the story of the chickens’ struggle to survive on the busy A143/B1132 Ditchingham roundabout and the 80-year-old’s bid to help them.

The broadsheet is the latest of 16 snippets of history to be unveiled in the town, although Mr Knowles is the only living legend to have received such an honour.

He said: “I’ve always loved Bungay, I’ve lived here all my life and I feel very proud. I have always looked after animals the best I can and it’s something I like doing. I was brought up with animals and I’m always feeding the birds and stray cats; they are close to my heart.”

Deidre Shepherd, who devised the broadsheet scheme said: “It’s not often you get a man with such integrity and passion willing to put his hand in his pocket to look after some chickens. He deserves some recognition as he is such a lovely man.”

Mr Knowles began feeding the chickens in 1991 using a wheelbarrow to transport the food from his home more than two miles away. His daily ritual became so successful that at one time the roadside flock numbered more than 300 cocks and hens, making them a popular tourist attraction.

Sadly as their fame increased with even a board game launched, so did the number of predators, and in 2010 they were moved to a hen sanctuary.

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  • what a lovely story for a change and a well deserved award for Mr Knowles, we still look out for the chickens and still miss them!

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    Wednesday, December 12, 2012

  • My heartiest congratulations to this honour, and what a good cause it is. Ask an HGV driver anywhere in the country as to where chicken roundabout is and he will say just outside Bungay. There should be some chicken sculptures erected on the roundabout, and Mr. Knowles should unveil them, made from cheap concrete so they are not stolen as souvenirs.

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    Thursday, December 13, 2012

  • They talk about silly Suffolk. Why honour this when it introduced a traffic hazard and a health hazard - all those rats.... Anyway isn't it actually in Norfolk. Revoke his passport!

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    Wednesday, December 12, 2012

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