Teddy bear Pal is back with Ciaran after going AWOL in Tesco store
The people of Rutherglen showed their Christmas spirit when hundreds got involved in the search that reunited a little boy with his beloved toy.
Ciaran Seery (3) was left heartbroken when he lost his teddy bear, “Pal,” last Monday (December 22).
His mum, Jennifer Taylor, believed Pal had gone missing in Tesco’s in Dalmarnock Road, but he hadn’t been handed in to staff.
The family pleaded on Facebook for anyone who had found him to come forward before turning to the Reformer.
We put an appeal on our website and it reached an incredible 18,000 people in just a few hours as well as being shared over100 times.
Other Facebook pages helped as well, as the community rallied to help reunite Ciaran and Pal.
Eventually, it was some oldfashioned detective work that helped solve the mystery.
Jennifer went back to Tesco’s and painstakingly retraced her steps before spotting Pal’s leg underneath some girls cloths.
Pal is now back in Ciaran’s arms, leaving Jennifer and Ciaran’s dad, Robert, delighted.
His gran, Jan, said the family had been overwhelmed by people’s kindness.
She added: “Ciaran is absolutely over the moon.
“The number of times the story was shared and linked too and commented on was just unbelievable.
“You’ve never seen such a happy wee boy, when he was coming back in the car he was asking Pal if he wanted milk or anything to eat to make sure he was ok.
“Everyone is just relieved he’s back.
“This is a happy ending for Ciaran and shows you how kind people can be.”
The news Pal had been found safe and well was welcomed on our Facebook page.
Debbie Hardie said: “Awe Soooooooo happy for them both to b reunited ,” while Libby Smith said: “It’s a Christmas miracle.”
It wasn’t all good news though, as Pal now finds himself grounded!
Jan laughed: “He’s certainly not allowed in any supermarkets any more.
“But Ciaran doesn’t go anywhere without him, he’s a bit of a legend, everyone who knows Ciaran knows who Pal is.
“Ciaran has had Pal since he was born, it’s falling to bits and all patched up, but it’s great to have him back.”
Together again Ciaran Seery and Pal have now been reunited