Pompey penguin

P...p...p...pick up a Pompey penguin in the land of the long white cloud
P...p...p...pick up a Pompey penguin in the land of the long white cloud

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Head south, way down south, if you want to p..p..p..pick up a Pompey penguin.

We all know that Portsmouth’s reach is worldwide, but it never ceases to amaze me where we’ll turn up next.

Pompey fan Richard Wiltshire couldn’t quite believe it either when he stumbled across Pompey the penguin on New Zealand’s South Island.

Dear old Pompey was a yellow-eyed penguin who lived in a barrel in Mr Vangioni’s timber yard for 13 years after he was found in Fisherman’s Bay in 1904.

Richard, who is doing a three-month house exchange on South Island said he came across Pompey in a museum on the Banks Peninsula.

He said: ‘Settlers tended to name things after places they came from, so it might well have been a Pompey person or sailor who named it.’

As the exhibit caption notes, Pompey was of course a big hit with the locals and even had his face reproduced on bone china.