26th January 1969 - Laverstock gets a panda

The Laverstock Panda where it used to be

On the 26th January 1969, a 55 foot high panda’s head appeared on Laverstock Downs, near Salisbury

According to the BBC,

A student from Salisbury studying at the University College of North Wales has an idea. That night at the Student Union Bar he rounds up volunteers for his rag week scheme.

A week later a dozen recruits meet up at a Salisbury pub. At midnight they hit the hill with spades and a grid plan.

For 6 hours they work in darkness. A 55-foot outline is cut and the turf stripped away to expose the underlying chalk. In the early hours of Sunday morning, passers-by gape at the 2,200-foot square hill figure.

The Laverstock Panda, the symbol of the UCNW rag week, had been created[1].


Peter Jordan [CC-BY-SA-2.0], via Wikimedia Commons


[1] BBC - Wiltshire Villages - The Great Laverstock Panda Mystery, URL: http://www.bbc.co.uk/wiltshire/villages/fovbadge1.shtml