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Cat known as the 'king' of his village shuns own 10th birthday party

Wilbur the 'King of Ruddington' had other plans on the day of his 10th birthday party. Credit: Wilbur - King of Ruddington/Facebook

A cat known as the King of Ruddington was a no-show at his own birthday party despite hundreds of admirers attending.

Wilbur is famous in the Nottingham village for his visits to local shops, having left home of his own volition after his owner adopted two kittens.

And with his 10th birthday falling in July, locals decided to throw a fundraiser event to not only celebrate the cat's birthday, but also raise money for local charities.

However, Wilbur didn't really feel like having a party that day. Organisers expected he would be a no-show, but they managed to raise money for a new defibrillator.

Wilbur likes to visit the local shops in his village of Ruddington. Credit: Wilbur - King of Ruddington/Facebook

Wilbur's original owner, Cathy Applebee, was not surprised that he failed to show.

It's a few too many people for him, I think. But there's a greater depth to it than just my cat. Ultimately we're raising money."

– Cathy Applebee, Wilbur's owner

The village's Community Choir sang a tribute to Wilbur at his party, despite his absence.

Despite Wilbur's no-show, his face was nevertheless all over The Frame Breakers pub, where the party took place.

From a Wilbur cake to Wilbur masks, Wilbur biscuits to a special ginger ale brewed in his honour, the event attracted hundreds of people.

Hundreds of people turned out to Wilbur's birthday party. Credit: Wilbur - King of Ruddington/Facebook

As for Wilbur's location at the time, reports suggest he was visiting one of Ruddington's other public houses.

I went down to see if he wanted to come and blow out his candles but I couldn't find him."

– Cathy Applebee, Wilbur's owner