1. ITV Report

Swan pictured waiting patiently at high street level crossing

Onlookers watch on as the swan waits politely at a crossing. Credit: BPM Media

Shoppers at a busy city centre got a surprise after a swan was seen waiting patiently for a train at a level crossing.

The bird was spotted waiting quietly for a couple of minutes until the barriers opened. It had earlier been seen strolling down the high street shops.

Onlooker David Burton said saw the animal calmly staring into space as it waited for the barriers to move, and grabbed his phone to take a picture.

I think the low sun reflecting off the pavement made the swan mistake this for water.

– David Burton
Hugh of Lincoln was famous for having a white swan follow him around. Credit: BPM Media

Swans can often be seen on the Brayford waterfront in Lincoln, and have historic associations to the city.

Bishop Hugh, who was appointed to oversee building work at Lincoln Cathedral in the 12th Century, was famous for having a white swan follow him around.

Lesley Williams, from St Barnabas hospice, said the swans have become locals in the town centre.

It doesn’t surprise me that they were wandering down the high street.

I often see them walking around, although usually much nearer the Brayford. I can’t believe a swan waited there.

– Lesley Williams, St Barnabas Hospice
A swan was spotted casually walking down a high street. Credit: BPM Media

Despite their antics, animal expert and former zoo keeper has Tony Butler warned of the dangers of swans in the city.

Swans on the Brayford are fine and tourists in the city love to see them. Wandering onto the High Street and the level crossing is a different matter.

Apart from the cars and the risk of a serious collision, they are very capable of inflicting injury if approached.

The photo may look amusing but the swan could easily be hit by a train, which wouldn’t be pleasant for the people present.

– Tony Butler, Animal Expert