Became famous after winning a speaking bird contest in 1958. He appeared on TV, radio, and in the press and even made his own hit records! After his death he was preserved and mounted and is one of the Great North Museum: Hancock's most treasured items. The heart-warming story of Sparkie and his owner Mattie Williams continues to fascinate the public and inspire artists and writers.
The Natural History Society of Northumbria has researched its history during the period of the First World War. Many of our members served at the front throughout the conflict, and we have compiled some of their remarkable and often poignant stories.