Teddy bear Pal is back with Ciaran after go­ing AWOL in Tesco store

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Dou­glas Dickie

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

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