Posted by Don Scott on January 30, 2018, 5:56 pm
Visitors to this website will be pleased to hear that the wild Stotty Cake is to be reintroduced to some uninhabited areas of Hebburn. A local Council spokesperson revealed that breeding pairs would be released onto a number of undisclosed roundabouts where it is hoped they will flourish. |
Due to Increased activity in the area, directors of the TV series Vera have been asked to give assurances that no wild Stotty Cakes will be harmed during the production. They stated that safety was the bread and butter of their trade.
It will be remembered that the wild Stotty Cake became extinct in Hebburn in 1947 when some mothers noticed that considerable dollops of butter were disappearing from their pantry shelves. Children were coming in from play with greasy lips and a distinct lack of appetite. Then the truth was revealed when it was too late and the last 'Stotty' was gone.
To protect the wild species, Hebburn folk have been asked to ensure that no domestic Stotty Cakes are discarded near local roundabouts so as to ensure that no interbreeding takes place. It will be remembered that this was part of the reason why there are very few pure bred Scottish wild cats. The question does have to be asked, however, what were Stotty Cakes doing so far north of their native place.