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Bluefriars Bobby fit for service

posted 12 Jan 2009, 11:09 by David Rintoul   [ updated 19 Nov 2009, 14:28 ]

They say you can't teach an old dog new tricks.

But nine-year-old Blue has mastered the tricky art of laying a wreath as he prepares for a starring role in a memorial service for Greyfriars Bobby.

The Yorkshire terrier will wear the wreath round his neck, before removing it with his paw and laying it on Bobby's grave. He has recovered from a serious leg injury to take part in the ceremony to mark the 137th anniversary of the famous dog's death.

The One o'Clock Gun Association has organised the service at Greyfriars Kirkyard on Wednesday.

Blue, the group's official mascot, was chosen because of his uncanny resemblance to Greyfriars Bobby. He will be dressed in a new regimental dress coat, which features the colours and insignia of the Royal Artillery.