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Class act: school in raptures after winning chick naming competition

16 July 2018

Councillor Janet Emsley and pupils from Smithy Bridge Primary School.

Children at Smithy Bridge Primary School are flying high after again winning our 'name the peregrine falcon chick' competition.

It was the 2nd year in a row that Smithy Bridge pupils had showed an eagle eye for interesting names, following last year's winning choice of 'Perrie'.

This year's winning choice was the inspired idea of class 4 pupil Evie Law who wowed judges with her choice of 'BuckBeak', a character from the Harry Potter novels.

The winning prize was a £20 voucher to spend at Rochdale Town Hall's splendid Clock Tower Restaurant, which sits beneath the birds' nest box, followed by a guided tour of the borough's most historic building.

Hundreds of entries had winged in from across the borough and beyond, leaving judges with the envious task of choosing 3 lucky winners.

As well as 'BuckBeak' the other winning entries were 'Striker' and 'Kevin Beakon'.

The children have loved watching the falcons on our live webcam

All 3 chicks have now flown their Rochdale Town Hall nest. Birding experts have reported that they are thriving in the wild.

Joanne Ramsbottom, a teacher at the school, said: "The children have loved watching the falcons on the council's live webcam. It has been a privilege to have been part of something so special within our local area. We are looking forward to entering the competition again next year".

Councillor Janet Emsley, Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods, Community and Culture, said: "It was great to see children from across the school entering some brilliant names for the competition. Well done to Evie for her excellent choice, which was a deserved winner. The falcons have wowed thousands of nature lovers and the camera will be back next year for an even better bird's eye view of our feathered friends".

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