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Bishop's Stortford centenarian Joan Emerson is desperate to find missing deaf and partially blind cat




Charlie, the deaf and partially blind cat of 101-year-old Bishop’s Stortford resident Joan Emerson, is missing.

The Kingsbridge Road resident is desperate to find her white-coated 11-year-old pet, who is microchipped, but is stuck at home in self-isolation because of her venerable age.

Neighbour and friend Brian Goodwin has been scouring the streets to try to find the missing moggy as Joan gets increasingly distressed by his absence.

Joan Emerson
Joan Emerson

He told the Indie: “It's a friendly cat. Hopefully if they find it they can contact you and you can contact me and I'll collect for Joan.”

Joan turned 101 in October last year and celebrated with her friends at Heath Row Over 60s Club, which meets at the Parsonage Lane community hall each Wednesday.

She has lived in Kingsbridge Road since 1942 and was born in Stortford in her parents’ home in The Causeway, opposite the former Shades pub, which closed in 1972 and was demolished shortly after.

Missing cat Charlie (32223106)
Missing cat Charlie (32223106)

Joan became well known in the town for her love of riding motorbikes and machines with sidecars for decades. In 2017 she wrote a book, Lady on a Motorbike, published by the Bishop’s Stortford Museum, which recounted her years growing up in the town and her experiences on the road.


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