Youngsters play hunt the owl in village

Owl Hunt at Mill Bank, Sowerby Bridge.'Billy Hoyes, six.
Owl Hunt at Mill Bank, Sowerby Bridge.'Billy Hoyes, six.
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FAMILIES had a real hoot in Mill Bank as the annual owl hunt returned to the village.

Around 200 residents and visitors turned out to the holiday-themed event to seek out the model birds’ nesting places.

Spotters had to guess where in the world each of the feathered flock had flown in from, with destinations ranging from Hawaii and Australia to France and Scotland.

The colourful creations had been crafted during a series of community workshops at St Mary’s Primary School. Much of the fun on the day was centred around real owls when the Welsh Bird of Prey Centre paid pupils a visit.

A little owl, an eagle owl and a snowy owl all winged in for the occasion, as well as kestrels and falcons.

The event raised more than £1,000 for the school, whose Parents, Teachers and Friends Association thanked sponsors and visitors for their support.

Frank Darnley, a PTFA member who led the craft workshops, said: “It’s an active, participatory way of raising money for a good cause and having a good time.”