Hotel peacocks receive flying orders
PUBLISHED: 20:15 24 August 2002 | UPDATED: 12:31 03 March 2010
EVICTION day is looming for the final pair of Belstead Brook hotel's most colourful - and noisy - residents.
By MARK BULSTRODE
EVICTION day is looming for the final pair of Belstead Brook hotel's most colourful – and noisy – residents.
For more than 35 years six peacocks roamed around the grounds of the hotel on Belstead Road, Ipswich.
But now the last two peacocks have been given their flying orders after Ipswich Borough Council placed a noise abatement order on the birds following complaints from nearby residents.
James Jude, general manager, said: "A lot of people at the hotel find them interesting but I understand people's reasons for not liking them.
"But they are a bit of a novelty and it will be sad to see them go."
While the birds have remained popular with many residents at the hotel and in the community, others have found their abrupt early morning wake up calls not to their liking.
Patrica Cozens, 66, of Hyams Lane, Stutton, is a regular visitor the hotel's leisure club and will miss the peacocks.
She said: "I love having them around. Sometimes they come up to the window and I wouldn't like to see them go."
Husband Arthur, 68, said: "It is a shame to see them go because they were here before the hotel and they are a lovely feature of it."
Their new destination has yet to be decided, although the hotel is currently looking for a new home for the birds.