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Clumsy on the beach below fishertown c1983
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Clumsy on the beach below fishertown c1983

Clumsy, the hotel's dog, partaking of his usual morning tour of the town and stopping to play awhile with a visiting tourist. Originally 'owned' by Stewart Morrison, Clumsy was in fact a town dog who spent his days greeting locals and visitors throughout the town. When Stewart Morrison sold the hotel, it was a condition of the sale that Clumsy should still have it as his home. Clumsy died in 2000 and a memorial service was held in the hotel grounds. picture #1391 shows his memorial stone in the Royal Hotel garden.
Picture added on 01 January 2003
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I put the wrong date of course, Clumsy's courtship of Guinness was in 1986, that was our first Winter here and helps to show what a long and exciting life Clumsy had.
Added by Ann Hill on 06 December 2003
Any person who owned a female dog during Clumsy's lifespan will have known what it was like to have him as a hopeful 'son-in-law'. During our first Winter here[1996]we awoke one morning and opened the sitting room shutter at Burnside to find a perfectly sculpted snowdog looking in; Clumsy had camped out all night in a snowstorm. What an intrepid dog. He had more luck with another conquest; the result I believe; Bruno.
Added by Ann Hill on 06 December 2003
The tourist looks like my brother Ross Couper who was very fond of Clumsy as we all were.
Added by Anon on 17 March 2004
Clumsy was just part of the local landscape. And it does look like me, | think I recognize the shirt.
Added by Ross Couper on 29 July 2004
Added by Bruno on 21 June 2005
It would appear that this is not me in the picture. I didn't have hair that long in the 80's and the man in the picture is stockier than me.

Added by Ross Couper on 08 July 2012
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