Back in the mid 1960s, British drivers were warned about persistent “cuddle gangs” that would mob passing cars and place a puppy or kitten on the fender, not leaving until their demands for money were met. Each gang was usually an adult ringleader with a pair of adorable kids, who were trained to keep drivers as engaged as long as possible, and to be resilient to shouting and shoving when the drivers inevitably became annoyed. Also, sometimes they’d stab you.
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This was also the time when much of the county was still in black and white due to austerity programs implemented at the beginning of WWII.
The country wouldn’t return to full-color until 1975, 30 years after the end of the war and nearly a dozen years after rest of Europe did so.
The last hold out was a Mrs. Florence Butler-Edwards (of the Bristol Butler-Edwards, not the Sheffield Butler-Edwards) who lost a hamster in the Blitz and remained staunchly monochromatic until her death in 2008, stating on her deathbed that she never trusted the Jerrys.