Paint­ing craze is rock­ing kids’ world

Accrington Observer - - NEWS - JON MACPHER­SON jon.macpher­ @JonMacMEN

THERE is a cre­ative craze mak­ing peo­ple happy and chil­dren smile that’s sweep­ing through Hyn­d­burn - and it to­tally rocks.

Young­sters big and small have been putting down their games con­soles and ig­nor­ing their mo­bile phones to take part in the ex­cit­ing new hobby that is tak­ing the area by storm.

The idea is sim­ple: find some stones, paint and var­nish them how­ever you like and then hide them for peo­ple to find.

The ‘Ossy­rocks’ and ‘2nd Rish­ton Guid­ing Rocks’ groups have been set up on Face­book and have gained a loyal and pas­sion­ate fol­low­ing of nearly 500 mem­bers in just a few weeks.

Some of the colour­ful de­signs in­clude peo­ple’s faces, an­i­mals and pop­u­lar story char­ac­ters.

Ann War­ring­ton, who chairs the Friends of Rhy­d­dings Park com­mit­tee, founded the Ossy­rocks group af­ter be­ing in­spired by a sim­i­lar ini­tia­tive in Rams­bot­tom.

She said: “A cou­ple of weeks ago I was sat on a Sun­day af­ter­noon think­ing ‘what should I do now?’ and Ossy­Rocks hap­pened.

“I thought no­body would join the Face­book group but by the end of the evening we had 260 peo­ple joined and rocks started ap­pear­ing around Oswaldtwistle.

“Lit­er­ally kids have been paint­ing rocks with lots of de­signs with #Ossy­Rocks and peo­ple get ex­cited and put the pic­ture on Face­book.

“I’m just gob­s­macked by how much it’s taken off. It’s amaz­ing.

“So if you want to paint some rocks then go for it. If they can travel and you can take them on your hol­i­days then that would be phe­nom­e­nal. We want to see how far we can get the Ossy­Rocks.”

Katy Rider, a Guide Leader at the 2nd Rish­ton Methodist Brown­ies, said it is help­ing to put a ‘smile’ on peo­ple’s faces.

She said: “It was the idea of a Guide leader called Denise.

“She had seen other peo­ple across the coun­try do­ing it on Face­book and thought there was noth­ing like that in Rish­ton.

“There’s a few of us who run Guides, Brown­ies and Rain­bows at the church and we thought it would be a good project to do. We bought a load in bulk and had a night where we all painted and dec­o­rated rocks.

“The idea is if it puts a smile on some­body’s face that they found the rock then great.

“We have set up a Face­book page and a lot of peo­ple have been post­ing their pic­tures on there.”

Han­nah Wor­den, aged nine, is an­other of the 2nd Rish­ton Methodist Brown­ies to have taken part

Iona Col­ley, aged 5,with her rock

Kira West­well, aged 8, with some more of the rocks

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