A beloved piece of play equipment has been removed from a local park.

The well-loved rocking horse was removed from the North Walsham Memorial Park on Tuesday after being there since the 1960s.

The horse featured five seats on top of it, arranged one in front of the other.

Eastern Daily Press: It has been a feature of the park since the 1960sIt has been a feature of the park since the 1960s (Image: Newsquest)

Its users could rock it back and forth to mimic the motion of horse riding.

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One man, who would prefer not to be named, saw the horse being removed and said he was "gobsmacked".

Eastern Daily Press: It was dismantled on TuesdayIt was dismantled on Tuesday (Image: Newsquest)

"It was a favourite ride for my three-year-old granddaughter and we were gobsmacked it was being removed," he said.

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Wendy Murphy, North Walsham's Town Clerk, confirmed the horse had been removed due to general wear and tear.

Eastern Daily Press: The town's clerk said she hopes it can be repairedThe town's clerk said she hopes it can be repaired (Image: Newsquest)

She added: "North Walsham Town Council would like to thank the town for their support in ensuring play equipment is retained and they will be looking to see if the horse can be repaired. 

"If this is not feasible another piece of playground equipment will be purchased to replace it."

She gave a special thanks to North Walsham Play for its help in fundraising to maintain the park.