Stolen sculpture back on patrol after going AWOL

A willow soldier who was stolen from Whitworth was found hidden under bushes in Heywood and is


 now back on patrol.

Catherine Smyth works for Veterans In Communities and the story of the willow tank and soldier - made by a veteran and VIC member to commemorate the First World War - made many newspapers and internet news sites last month.

It was a different story when, at the start of May, the sculpture was stolen. Then, thanks to social media, namely Facebook, the soldier was found and he is now back on patrol.

Catherine's story and picture was a page lead in the Lancashire Telegraph, in the Heywood Advertiser and on Rochdale Online. The story of the theft also made a page lead.



Since my last update I have been crazily busy; a situation I am very happy with.

Haslingden High School has had a plethora of page leads, ranging from iPads being introduced to students in Years 7, 8 and 9 to Jamie-Leigh Brown starring in the BBC1 drama Happy Valley. Other news involved students visiting Florida, the school being in the top 100 for A levels and a mobile zoo coming into school complete with meerkats and snakes.

A Fearns the school's reward trip to Jodrell Bank saw pupils searching for alien life forms - the story made a page lead in the Rossendale Free Press and was also in the Lancashire Telegraph. 

The May newsletter for Veterans In Communities has been produced and the veterans are gearing up to the official opening of the VIC Centre in Haslingden on Wednesday 25th June. Radio Lancashire have agreed to attend the week following the opening to feature the all the charity's activities in the morning show.

Dansworks employed me to write two stories, the first was featured in the Rossendale Free Press and involved two young dancers who got through to the national final of a street dance competition with the chance to represent their country. The second will be sent to the press soon.

Away from newspapers, I have completed the latest prospectus and brochure for St Mary's RC School in Burnley. These have now been professionally printed ready for the new parents evening. I wil be back at the school on May 20 to complete a paper in a day project.

I have also completed three newspaper club sessions at St Mary's in Bacup to produce the school's termly newspaper. It will be available to buy in July and the 10 junior journalists are working hard.

I am set for a busy couple of months with Fearns Chat at the end of June too!


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