Britain’s most famous goats have made a new appearance in a seaside town.

The Kashmiri mountain goats of Llandudno became famous in the middle of lockdown when they started colonising the streets, which were quieter than usual.

Now they are back and have been pictured on the high street.

Amateur photographer John Elis, 65, snapped them grazing on weeds growing through the roads and pavements of the Welsh town.


The business owner, who lives in nearby Rhos-on-Sea, was visiting Llandudno to see his stepson and granddaughter Ivy, two, when he stumbled upon the four goats.

Granddad-of-five John, who grew up in Llandudno, said it was the first time he has ever seen goats in the coastal resort during summer.

He said: ‘I couldn’t believe what I was seeing at first.



‘I was pottering down the road when I came across them strolling along in single file behind each other.

‘There was just the four of them and they were keeping well apart as if they were practising social distancing.

‘It was the perfect photo opportunity.

‘I’ve never seen them in town in summer before as it’s usually holiday season and it can get packed, but with Covid-19 it has been a lot quieter this year.

‘They must have been making the most of the empty streets to have a little look around.’

The goats normally live on Great Orme, a giant limestone headland which sits behind Llandudno towards the northwest of the town.

They are known to make the 1.4-mile trek from the headland to the outskirts of Llandudno in winter to enjoy the milder climate, but according to John have been venturing further and further into the town since lockdown left the streets of the usually bustling seaside resort deserted.

He said: ‘I’ve never seen them right in the centre of town before.

‘They were on Madoc Street, which is one of the main shopping streets in town.

‘When I was younger they weren’t popular with people as they left mini hoof prints everywhere, but today they seem to be all the rage.

‘They don’t do more harm than having a go at a few of the flowers in people’s hanging baskets.’

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