IT lay buried for hundreds of thousands of years but a Barnstaple councillor wants an extinct species elephant, discovered in the town more than 100 years ago, never to be forgotten. Cllr Simon Harvey hopes to celebrate the remarkable find of a 125,000-

IT lay buried for hundreds of thousands of years - but a Barnstaple councillor wants an extinct species elephant, discovered in the town more than 100 years ago, never to be forgotten.Cllr Simon Harvey hopes to celebrate the remarkable find of a 125,000-year-old straight-tusked elephant at a community event being organised for Saturday, August 30. As well as marking the importance of the 1884 find, Elephant Day will help Trinity Street Residents' Association raise money for street CCTV cameras.Cllr Harvey hopes to organise a day of events based in the Moose Hall on Trinity Street, close to where remains of the mammal were found by 19th century builders.He also hopes to to reunite the remains of the 12-foot mammal with teeth taken from the find and since stored in the Natural History Museum in London."The Museum of Barnstaple and North Devon has a section of tusk, vertebrae, and some of the teeth," Cllr Harvey told the Gazette."It would be nice to be able to complete the collection and bring the missing teeth back to Barnstaple for permanent display in the museum."Plans for the day will be discussed in the Moose Hall on June 10."Everyone is welcome," said Cllr Harvey.Contact him on 07817 084812 for more details.