Jumper Record Makes National News

An incredible 1,431 people wore Christrmas jumpers in the same place at the same time at Haslingden High School in a world record bid.


A festive story to end what has been a busy year and, thanks to superb photographs taken by Liz Henson Photography, the story broke all my records being used by nine different media including: The Guardian, Daily Express online, BBC News - online, radio, TV and Newsround, Rossendale Free Press, Lancashire Telegraph and 2BR radio.

The schoool will have to wait until February to find out if their record bid has been approved by Guinnesss. Thanks to the loan of a Christmas jumper, not only did I write about the event I was also part of the record itself!



I would like to wish everyone a very Happy New Year and a healthy and prosperous 2016.

This year has certainly been a milestone one for my business. I have increased my contracts, worked for more businesses on an ad hoc basis than ever before and, as I head towards the seventh anniversary of the founding of Catherine Smyth Media, the future is certainly looking bright.

As well as writing and photographing stories that have appeared in print, on online news and websites this month, I have also produced three publications for clients.

Haslingden High School obviously made the nationals with the above story, but also featured heavily on the news and sports pages of papers across Lancashire and Rochdale. From trampolinists bidding to win nationally to a swimmer who is the 14th best in the country, the school's presentation evening and more.

At Fearns the pupils completed a 10 pound challenge that united three of my clients - JJO who kindly donated a hundred pounds and M3 Project who benefited from the money raised. The school's charity day, sports leaders and presentation evening also made the press.

Whitworth Community High School has also been making news print with stories including a record breaking rugby score of 85-0, a school production featuring a dog in the cast, an 'exemplary' Ofsted interim inspection and more.

Veterans In Communities have been very busy again and have taken on a new employee as they deliver a prestigious contract in the Greater Manchester area. Adult colouring sessions have been introduced at the charity's shop in Rawtenstall and my contract with VIC was renewed for a third year.

JJO's latest newsletter the JJO Journal was printed and the company made the press for its employees, who are members of a football team that took part in the hairy Movember charity challenge.

Ad hoc work included a story for Bacup Townscape Heritage Initiative on Mrs Ibbbits' Christmas at Bacup Nat, another for REAL about the community minibus that had been bought for Rossendale and one for M3 Project about the Christmas campaign.

My freelance story was published in the Big Issue in the North on the impact cuts will have on Supporting People projects across the county.

In the New Year I am looking forward to being back at Sharneyford to produce another Paper In A Day as well as working for Antony & Patricia in Rawtenstall producing the fourth edition of Snippets.

Have a wonderful New Year and if you need your story telling - just contact me!