The Day the 'Monster' came to Canvey

from a newspaper report 1973

By Janet Penn

Photo:This prehistoric reptile is being stored on the Island at Canvey Casion car park. It will later be transferred to Scotland. It came from Ramsgate, Kent, where it was built by Alan Ross, a sculptor, for his company.

This prehistoric reptile is being stored on the Island at Canvey Casion car park. It will later be transferred to Scotland. It came from Ramsgate, Kent, where it was built by Alan Ross, a sculptor, for his company.

Photo by Dave Bell

This grainy picture and report is from a local newspaper dated Feb 1973. Do you remember when Nessie dropped in? Do you have pictures? Please comment below.

Found this photo on the internet.

This page was added by Janet Penn on 18/01/2012.
Comments about this page

I dont remember this. Tell me more?

By Cia Parker
On 19/01/2012

Wish I could Cia. Just found it in a newspaper. Hoping someone remembers

By Janet Penn
On 19/01/2012

I remember it well. It was made by my x father-in-law in Ramsgate Kent. I came with my x- husband Frank Ross to bring Nessie to Canvey Island on route to Loch Ness Scotland. If I remember rightly it was all a publicity exercise. Alan Ross's dream was to open a prehistoric park. The dinosaurs were made with angle iron covered in chicken wire then coated in plaster paris strips. The dinosaurs where then spray painted by Alan Ross.

By Christine Ross
On 18/04/2012

This was my mums x husbands project alan /bill ross .My mum was Jean Monk

By lynn monk
On 22/12/2014

This is my dad Alan William Ross, his intension back in 1973/4 was to build an educational dinosaur park in a quarry in Sittingbourne in Kent. This model was made to generate interest and publicity. He was sponsored by many different companies to support his idea, unfortunately it took five years to pass planning permission in the quarry in Kent and by this time life had taking a different route for Alan and the project did not get started.

If any person has archive information with regards to this project or photos relating to this project please contact me at this email address. charlieross@outlook.com  

By Charlie Ross
On 26/12/2014

I lived opposite the Dinosur maker in Addington Street Ramsgate 1973 remember the Dino well. I was living with Rhoda Hossen .

By John
On 03/06/2017

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