Charlie the parrot to star in new book

Knitwear: Rebecca Blagg with Charlie the parrot in his Cardigan.
Knitwear: Rebecca Blagg with Charlie the parrot in his Cardigan.

The rise to stardom of well-known Eastwood parrot Charlie has been given an extra boost with news that he will appearin a children’s book that could go global!

Charlie has become a regular in the pages of the Advertiser after we broke news about his penchant for woolly jumpers.

He first donned a cardigan not long after he was found starved and neglected.

New owner Rebecca Blagg came to his rescue and knitted him a cardi to stop him plucking out his feathers. Since then Charlie has shot to fame and even has a full wardrobe, including a tuxedo, which shot him into the national headlines.

Charlie’s love affair with his cardigans means he flaps up a fuss whenever Rebecca tries to take his cardigans off,

Now he is once again flying high after being chosen to appear in a book by the world-famous brand Ripley’s Believe It Or Not.

The franchise specialises in bizzare stories and publishes them into a series of books. Ripley’s also has it’s own museum in London which is dedicated to weird and wonderful things from around the world.

Rebecca, who lives on Wood Street, revealed it was the Advertiser’s stories that had set things rolling for Charlie’s surge to fame.

“It all started last year when the Advertiser ran the story and it all snowballed from there.” Said Rebecca.

“Ripley’s rang up and asked if we had a parrot in a cardigan and if they could run a story on him.

“I was quite overawed to be honest but we’re just used to it now, you can Google Charlie and he will come up on the web.

“I haven’t seen the book yet but the publisher said they would send me a copy before it goes to print.”

Charlie’s book is set to fly onto shelves this September.

The news will also provide extra publicity for Rebecca who takes in so many rescue parrots and birds that she was motivated to launch a charity to help cover her costs and expenses.

Rebecca, 47, started Guardian Angels to help her pay for food and vet bills.

She takes the birds from vets, rescue centres and individuals and always carries out home checks before handing birds to new owners,

To support the charity email Rebecca at