From Time Out:
You may have heard it many times over the rush of George Street traffic – the familiar timbre of John Laws’ voice coming from a small bronze dog statue on the Town Hall side of the QVB. It’s not an auditory hallucination – ol’ Golden Tonsils is the voice of Islay (pronounced eye-lay), beloved pet of Queen Victoria, now encouraging people to cast a coin into the Royal Wishing Well to raise money for the Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children.
"Hello, my name is Islay," announces the dog in that trademark deep voice. "…Because of the many good deeds I’ve done for deaf and blind children, I have been given the power of speech." But only since 1998. Although the well was officially launched in 1987 as part of the QVB refurbishment, the dog was voiceless. Laws agreed to help the Institute who thought the voice would attract more donations. Laws accepted the task, as well as agreeing to the pièce de résistance: two barks at the end of the routine as thanks.