The world’s oldest gnome has finally been given an invitation to the Chelsea Flower Show, and is preparing to be chauffeur-driven to SW3 tomorrow.
Lampy, who lives at Lamport Hall and is insured for £1 million, hadn’t been asked to the show, despite gnomes being allowed in for the first time.
But following pressure from the Chron, Lamport Hall, and veteran broadcaster John Sergeant, an invite arrived in the post last week.
Lampy was one of 21 gnomes brought to the UK from Germany in 1847 by Sir Charles Isham, the 10th baronet of Lamport.
He was the only survivor, and was voted the sixth most iconic object in Northamptonshire in 2010.
And rumour has it that green-fingered broadcaster Alan Titchmarsh has asked to meet Lampy on his whistlestop visit to the capital.
Lamport Hall’s assistant property manager, Neil Lyon, said: “Getting the invitation was a very proud moment for the gnome and for Lamport as well.
“In Chelsea Flower Show’s centenary year, I can’t think of anything more fitting than an invite for Lampy.
“He is looking forward to meeting his fellow gnomes and Alan Titchmarsh. We are led to believe Alan has asked to meet him on the sofa.
“Going forward, Lampy will now be back in the hall for the rest of the year, but visitors can still see where he used to live.”
Television viewers can keep an eye out for Lampy, and also a piece filmed by Mr Sergeant on a visit to Lamport earlier this month.
Lampy will be back inside the hall in time for the Lamport Festival of Country Life, which takes place on Sunday, May 26, and Monday, May 27.
The hall and gardens, including the famous rockery where Lampy used to live, will be open from 2pm to 5pm on both days.