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1949

June Mottershead gets married

By Chester Zoo

After the war George’s younger daughter June married Fred Williams who had started out as a keeper, working his way up. Together they were responsible for changing the face of the zoo, making the most of second hand materials and applying their ingenuity in designing new enclosures.

One of their building projects survives to this day in our aquarium. Fred and June amazingly built this themselves in their spare time, often at night on a floodlit building site. They had to hand cast the 130 pillars needed to support the building!

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