Gnome to carry on, all to raise funds for ‘our brave boy’

Mandy Dobson, left, with Ivan Laidiler children from Barndale School, Jordan Mason and Shayna Mckewon and Dumpty the gnome in Alnwick
Mandy Dobson, left, with Ivan Laidiler children from Barndale School, Jordan Mason and Shayna Mckewon and Dumpty the gnome in Alnwick

A six-foot garden gnome that has been popping up in gardens across north Northumberland will continue to do so before a charity auction.

Dumpty the gnome has been appearing in gardens in Alnwick and other villages for the past few weeks and was going to be auctioned off to raise funds for local lad Aidan Jackowiak Smith.

Aidan died on May 3 and Dumpty disappeared from sight.

Dumpty’s owner Ivan Laidler said that he wanted to speak to Aidan’s parents and they have now given him permission for the gnome to continue popping up in people’s gardens.

He was first spotted by Gazette reader Eddie Budd on April 2, in Fairfields.

Two weeks later he was spotted by Gazette photographer Jane Coltman, in Bridge Street.

It was here we first discovered that Ivan had started it for a bit of fun.

Now Dumpty has visited several homes and showed up at Adian’s school, Barndale, in Alnwick for a photo with the students.

Having been moved by the story of Aidan, Ivan said he wants to auction off the gnome within the next few weeks at Alnwick Auctions.

The money will now go to a memorial fund for Aidan.

If you do see Dumpty about, you can contact us online or via email.