Ollie ‘beaks’ off competition to claim owl naming contest win

A Wetherby wordsmith has won a cunning competition to name a charity mascot bringing cheer to older people at events across the parish.

Diana Greenwood’s 1960s television inspired suggestion of ‘Ollie Beak’ beat off competition from more than 50 entries to scoop top prize in the Wetherby in Support of the Elderly (WiSE) contest.

Other entries ranged from Ozzie to Hooty and Diego to Dave, however Diana’s proposal impressed judges for its nostalgic links to children’s programme The Five O’clock Show.

Diana said: “I’m thrilled to have been named the winner, especially after hearing that there were so many entries. I thought the name would be a welcome reminder of people’s childhoods and hopefully bring back some happy memories.”

WiSE introduced the owl mascot as a way of celebrating the return of face-to-face activities, which include line dancing, chairobics and music events. It will also be used as part of fundraising drives.

Debbie, Activities Coordinator at WiSE, said: “We’ve been really excited to finally get our events programme up and running again, bringing much needed enjoyment to dozens of isolated older people who’ve barely had any social contact for almost 18 months now. The mascot is just one way we want to bring a bit of fun and laughter to our activities.”

For more information about its activities and events visit www.w-ise.org.uk/calendar

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