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Pocahontas statue in St George's churchyard, Gravesend, gets feather back in hat

The Gravesend landmark and popular tourist attraction that is Pocahontas has been restored to its former glory after her feather was stolen in December.

It was third time since 2010 the statue, which is in the grounds of St George’s Church, had been targeted.

Gravesham council replaced the feather of the Native American princess last week at a cost of £1,000.

A council spokesman said: “When the feather disappeared we said it would take some time to replace.

“These items have to be custom made.

“Also we wanted to ensure that security in the area was enhanced in an effort to avoid further damage.

“Those measures have now been taken and graffiti and littering has lessened as a result.”

The feather has been replaced after vandals attacked the statue in December last year.

After visiting England, Pocahontas was due to set sail from Gravesend and travel back to her native state of Virginia in 1617.

But she became seriously ill just offshore and passed away aged just 21. It is believed she was buried in the grounds of the church.

The statue was erected in 1958.

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