IT was a real life version of the hit film Kes.
Barnsley student Ben Brettoner seemed destined to become a bit of a bad boy. Then, just like Billy Casper in the much-loved 1969 movie Kes, he was introduced to a magnificent bird of prey.
And just like Billy in the film the meeting was to become a life-changing experience.
And it was an experience which would lead to him meeting Dai Bradley, the actor who played bird-of-prey loving Billy in Kes.
Ben, aged 16, from Athersley North, has now passed an Award in Falconry, after completing an eight week course.
And the delighted youngster met Dai at the presentation.
The course was set up by Berneslai Homes housing management officer Chris Corker and was designed to help Ben to get back on the straight and narrow.
Chris said: “I am delighted that Ben has successfully passed his course and wish him all the best for the future.
“It’s been a real pleasure to work with him and it’s been great to see the positive change in his behaviour.”
Ben was pretty chirpy about the whole experience too.
He said: “I am so pleased to have passed the course and have really enjoyed flying the birds and learning all about them.
“I would love to get a job in the future working in falconry.”