Christmas shoppers in Alnwick will be handed free book marks by local Cub Scouts to help promote a veteran conservationist’s Save the Red Squirrel campaign.
The book marks with a red squirrel illustration have been designed by 81-year-old Ernie Gordon, author of The Adventures of Rusty Redcoat - Volume One and Two.
The Cubs will invite shoppers into Alnwick’s Town Hall throughout the day on Saturday where Ernie will be signing copies of his book and showing his acclaimed DVD footage of red squirrels in local woodland.
Ernie, who lives in Alnwick, has written the books with the aim of not only of providing an entertaining and exciting read for children, but also to inspire them to help preserve an indigenous animal which is in danger of extinction.
He has recently talked to primary school children in Scotland about the threat of disease-ridden grey squirrels migrating north from England and infecting red squirrels with a deadly virus.
Ernie has sent copies of his book and DVDs to the Prince of Wales, who is Patron of the Red Squirrel Survival Trust.
Children from Alnwick’s Duke’s Middle School have also written to Prince Charles, plus Prime Minster David Cameron, while pupils at Culross Primary, in Fife, will be writing to Scotland First Minister Nicola Sturgeon about the issue.
The Cubs, who will each receive a free copy of the book, are willing supporters of his conservation work.