Daughter reunited with favourite toy after dog-walker reads CNJ appeal

Friday, 29th April — By Tom Foot

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Marnie has got PinPin back: ‘It definitely shows people still read newspapers’

A CHILD has been reunited with her favourite cuddly toy thanks to a teacher, a pet pooch and a little sprinkling of New Journal magic.

As we reported last week, a family had been left distraught after a discontinued M&S teddy vanished during a walk in Primrose Hill.

But after seeing an appeal for the return of PinPin in last week’s CNJ, retired Netley school teacher Carmel Armstrong realised her dog Darcy helped to sniff out the missing penguin.

Darcy with his precious discovery

And on Thursday, five-year-old Marnie was reunited with the friend she has had since birth – and has always taken everywhere she goes.

Ms Armstrong said: “When I opened the paper I couldn’t believe it I thought ‘oh my god this is a very important toy and it’s on my sofa’.

“In the park, Darcy had picked it up and brought it over. I looked around and there were no kids around. So I just said you can have it.”

Carmel Armstrong with Darcy

Ms Armstrong has lived on the Clarence Way estate for 31 years and goes for walks on the Primrose Hill, with Darcy always picking up whatever she can find.

Marnie’s mother, Lauren Allen, had told her daughter that PinPin had been playing with other toys.

“It definitely shows people still read newspapers,” she said. “We can’t thank the New Journal enough. Life is much quieter since PinPin came back.”

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