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Swanton’s Royal Swans

The Swanton "Royal" SwansThe Swanton Chamber of Commerce maintains the Swanton “Royal” swans.  These swans were a gift from the Queen of England in 1961. This bestowal was the brainstorm of a Montreal public relations man with a camp in Swanton, who wanted to do something to celebrate the town’s 1963 bicentennial. He arranged for a pair of swans to be sent from a naturalist trust in Norfolk, England with the Queen’s blessing, to Swanton, where they spendt summers on the green and winters in a resident’s yard. While today’s swans aren’t the original (or even descended from them), Swanton still calls them the Royal Swans.”