Charlie gets new cardigan

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A fashion-loving parrot from Eastwood has been knitted a brand new cardigan – bringing his collection to six.

Jacky Starke, who runs Nimble Fingers Craft group in Jacksdale, knitted Charlie a new green and burgandy number last week.

Parrot owner, Rebecca Blagg, said: “We changed him into it and he seemed to like it. He sat on Jacky’s arm and kept saying ‘hello’ to her in a really posh voice! He doesn’t usually do that!”

“We were chatting and laughing about something and he started joining in and laughing along. He will do and say what he wants, when he wants. You can’t encourage him to talk. He’s really quite a character.”

Rebecca, of Wood Street, originally knitted Charlie a cardigan to keep him warm because he had been so badly starved and neglected he had plucked all his feathers out.

But now Charlie refuses to have his cardigans taken off – flapping his wings and squarking whenever anybody tries.

Jackie said she vowed to knit him a new woolley as soon as she met him.

“I just fell in love with him straight away.

“He is so cute,” she said.

Charlie hit the national headlines last week after featuring in the Advertiser, and has sparked interest as far and wide as Brazil and Canada.

Rebecca has taken in 100 rescue birds and 16 rescue parrots. She pays for their food and upkeep out of her own pocket, spending almost £500 every month on seeds, pellets, nuts, fruit and vegetables.

If anybody could help with any donations or with fruit and vegetable scraps they should call her on 01773 770891.