Heartbreak has hit Holmfirth after its most famous feline resident was killed by a car.

Smudge the cat was a familiar local figure and was often spotted curled up in the window of Kaye’s Ironmongers.

But the 12-year-old moggy suffered a tragic end on Sunday morning after he was knocked down crossing Towngate.

Tribute to Smudge, who was resident cat at Kayes Ironmongers, Holmfirth.
Tribute to Smudge, who was resident cat at Kayes Ironmongers, Holmfirth.

Kayes staff member Linda Earnshaw said the puss had been placed at the side of the road and was found by a passer-by.

Linda said: “It is very sad news and we all have very fond memories of Smudge.

“He was always crossing the road over to the Old Bridge Inn where he would be fed titbits.

“He had been clipped by a car before, it was an accident waiting to happen.”

Smudge belonged to Daisy Lane Books owner Barry Townsend-Cardew.

Barry, who also has seven-year-old cat Gizzi, said: “Smudge was a one-off.

“He was a wanderer and used to hang out in the Remembrance Gardens where people would feed him fish and chips.”

Barry said Smudge had been in Holy Trinity Church on Saturday as a wedding took place, and may have made his final appearance in the couple’s wedding photos.

The moggy was a regular at the church, where children in previous years were known to wrap him up and use him as a baby Jesus in the Nativity.

VIDEO: Smudge the cat watches the world go by from Kaye's window

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Kayes have now placed a Rest In Peace sign in the window by his bed, along with a white rose.

Smudge will be laid to rest alongside Barry’s five other previous cats.

His counterpart in famous Huddersfield felines, Felix the Station Cat, has released a heartfelt tribute.

Felix the Huddersfield Train Station cat.

She said: “Sincere condolences from me and my colleagues here at the Railway Station to Smudge’s family and friends. His memory will live on.”