Ben finds his niche as life imitates art

kesram'Barnsley teenager Ben Brettoner with a falcon. He is learning bird of prey husbandry.
kesram'Barnsley teenager Ben Brettoner with a falcon. He is learning bird of prey husbandry.
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SOUTH Yorkshire youngster Ben Channel has become a real-life Billy Casper.

Following in the footsteps of the lead character in iconic film Kes, the teenage pupil of Carlton Community College has secured a place on an eight-week course to learn bird of prey management and husbandry.

The Kes Project was the idea of Berneslai Homes Housing Management Officer, Chris Corker, who keeps and shows birds of prey.

After meeting 15-year-old Ben, who had not been enjoying school, Chris set up the course which is run in conjunction with SMJ Falconry based in Bradford and fitted around Ben’s schoolwork.

Chris said: “At the mention of birds of prey Ben was extremely enthusiastic and seemed to have a real passion for the subject.

“It’s great to see Ben channel his energies into something he loves.”