A MOOSE on the loose in Morpeth has moved to pastures new after gaining a name.
The 4ft cuddly moose had originally been acquired by department store Rutherfords of Morpeth.
However, owner Richard Rutherford decided to donate it to Morpeth Mayor Joan Tebbutt to raise funds for her chosen charity Henry Dancer Days, which supports families of children diagnosed with aggressive bone cancer osteosarcoma.
Coun Tebbutt launched a competition to name the moose at the Mistletoe Fair in Morpeth Town Hall in November.
And the contest continued when the moose took up residence in the Curiously Wicked Edwardian Tearoom at Sanderson Arcade.
A grand total of £247 was raised by people paying to put forward a name suggestion before the winner was drawn by Curiously Wicked owner Krystyna Dodds just before Christmas.
The moose has now been named Liam and has moved to Nottingham to live with the winning entrant Laura Philbrick.
Coun Tebbutt said: “I am very grateful to Richard Rutherford for his generosity and also to Anne Straker, who donated a large iced Christmas cake for the runner-up, who ironically is actually called Liam.”
Henry Dancer Days was set up by former Morpeth resident Jane Nattrass following the death of her son Henry at the age of 12. The charity is currently helping 45 families across the country.
A series of fund-raising events have been organised by the Mayor to take place later this year to support the fund, including a number of concerts. Dates and ticket details will be announced soon.