By Leah Fox
A beloved train station cat has bagged a brand new title – Chief of Customer Relations – after 10 years charming staff and customers.
Paul, better known as the ‘Liverpool South Parkway cat’, has stolen the hearts of busy train punters thanks to his daily visits to the Merseyside station.
The Bengal cat – named after actor Paul Newman – began dropping into the station when he was a kitten and can now be found most days curled up on a wheelchair behind a barrier near platforms one to four.
But now that Merseyrail staff have formed a lifetime bond with him, they are now officially welcoming him to their team as Chief of Customer Relations – because the good-natured moggy puts smiles on the faces of everyone who sees him.
Merseyrail station assistant Allan Rowe, who greets Paul on a daily basis, said: “Staff are thrilled to give Paul the title of Chief of Customer Relations because he deserves it – he’s a well-natured cat and we all love him.
“He’s very friendly and likes all the attention – sometimes he sits in very unhelpful places in the middle of the floor, but people just stop and pet him.
“If the attention gets too much for him he will wander off and sit in one of his many hidey holes throughout the station.”
Paul does have a home around the corner from Liverpool South Parkway station, but prefers spending time meeting lots of different people every day.
Allan, 23, from Woolton, Liverpool, added: “The first year he started coming to the station his owners kept trying to take him back, but staff didn’t mind him being here at all and we have welcomed him as one of our own.
“I’ve heard that his owners have several cats with different celebrity names, but Paul doesn’t get on with those cats too well which is why he hangs out elsewhere.”
Paul is now something of a local celebrity and has amassed around 3,000 likes on his Facebook page, with some people even giving the station a special visit so that they can pet him.
And much to Paul’s appreciation, the Merseyrail staff feed him throughout the day and customers will flock to give him treats and special toys.
Allan added: “He’s not a fan of the cold, so in the winter he spends time sitting in the ticket offices underneath the heater.
“In the summer he will sit on top of a black BMW outside the station basking in the heat.
“When he’s sat on the ticket gates to keep warm, some people even show him their tickets for his seal of approval!”