October 23 2014 Latest news:
Thursday, March 20, 2014
An annual school talent competition is to welcome an unusual act this evening – a performing owl.
Ginger Noodle, a white-faced Scops Owl, will take to the stage with his owner, 13-year-old Jordan Hayton, in Broadland High School’s talent show.
And year eight pupil Jordan said he had a good chance of winning. He said: “My owl is a bit special because if he does it right he can lift a couple of weights and make everybody laugh – hopefully he won’t play up.”
Jordan has had Ginger Noodle for almost a year. He bought the £250 owl as a tiny chick.
He said: “I met him when he was a few days old and went back to collect him as a little fur ball.”
And the Italian breed of owl is not the only animal in the Hayton household.
Younger brother Christopher, nine, has a barn owl and filling up the family home is one hawk, two dogs, one cat, three newts, a salamander, frogs, chickens, snakes, lizards and cockroaches.
Head of drama Laurence Clary said it was the first time an animal had been in the show since it started in 2003.
She said: “My initial thought was health and safety. We had to get Jordan to make sure the owl would not get off its lead.
“We will have a job beating this next year!”
Tonight’s show will begin at 7.30pm. Tickets are £3 for adults and £2.50 for children.