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January 2004
Left Lion's view of Old Market Square
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The two stone lions sit watching over Old Market Square, the largest square in England, which hosts all kinds of visitors and workers, is the place for celebrations and commemorations and it feels different at different times of the day.

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There are many stories that surround the lions in ‘slab square’.

There’s the well known phrase ‘meet you by the lions’ - a tradition which has gone on for generations.

Cathy Phethean of Ruddington recalls: "One time I was supposed to be meeting a boy by the lions, but I didn’t like the look of him so I walked straight past him."

These days, the tradition is still as strong - every Saturday night clusters of people surround the lions waiting for their dates.

You'll notice that the majority of people favour the left lion! There's even a local website named after the stone creature.

It’s said that the lions roar when a virgin passes!

Margaret Harrison, blue badge tour guide for Nottingham insists they do roar "They’re practically as loud as Little John, the bell in the Council House."

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