Community fun day at Barnstaple Square on Saturday to honour prehistoric elephant.

Dr Andy Currant from the Natural History Museum in London, with the skull of a young adult Indian elephant, to give visitors to Elephant Day and idea of what the Barnstaple elephant might have looked like.Dr Andy Currant from the Natural History Museum in London, with the skull of a young adult Indian elephant, to give visitors to Elephant Day and idea of what the Barnstaple elephant might have looked like.

PEOPLE gathered in the centre of Barnstaple on Saturday for the annual tribute to a 165-year-old guest of honour.

It was of course Barnstaple Elephant Day, with a variety of activities and events linked to the discovery of the fossilised remains of a prehistoric straight tusked elephant under nearby Summerland Street in 1844.

At the Square there was a variety of stalls and activities, including face painting from Trace’s Faces plus a trampoline and refreshments.

Inside the museum there was an opportunity to make elephant masks with a family learn and play session held by Devon Adult and Community Learning, while Natural History Museum expert Dr Andy Currant was also on hand to tell the tale of the ‘Barnstaple elephant’.