Stars share an odd way to celebrate little Harry's life
IN his short life, Harry Patterson made a huge impression.
And that was no more apparent than yesterday, when stars of stage and screen - and even rock royalty - evoked the playful spirit of the youngster from Alltwen, who died in a freak accident, two years to the day.
Harry was just five years old when he was struck by a car rolling down the driveway of his family home.
And while the anniversary remained a poignant and painful reminder of his loss, parents Michelle and Christian Patterson were able to take some succour from the incredible response they received to a memorial request made to family and friends.
National Odd Socks Day of Adventure (NosDa) invited people to wear different socks on each of their feet for the day - just as Harry had enjoyed doing.
And with Harry's parents both experienced actors, scores of fellow performers heeded the call, and photographed their feet, posting them on Facebook, and the Twitter feed of the account of the charity set-up in his name, Harry's Fund.
Amongst those tweeting their pictures of odd socked feet were Julian Lewis Jones, Di Botcher, Kai Owen, Craig Gallivan and Kev Johns, as well as singer Toyah Wilcox - and even Rolling Stone Ronnie Wood (pictured below).
The cast of Joseph the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat, currently on at The Grand Theatre, also switched their footwear for the day, and it was star of the show, Ian H Watkins, who got the Rolling Stone on board.
He said: "I never met Harry, although I know his brother Dylan, and I've known Michelle for some years, after we performed in a play together. "What happened to Harry was of course such a tragic accident, but NosDa was about trying to make everyone smile, and celebrating his life with joy.
"I've known Ronnie Wood's wife Sally for years, as she is a theatre producer, and we used to catch the tube together in London.
"So I asked her if there was any chance of Ronnie getting involved, and he did. He is a good guy."
As well as celebrating Harry's life, NosDa also raised the profile of Harry's Fund, which is behind the project to build a family playground in Alltwen, as well as provide support to families who experience similar tragedies.
Mum Michelle said: "The response was incredible, and I couldn't believe it when I saw that Ronnie Wood was taking part.
"Kevin Johns said fundraising should be fun, and that is what it was all about.
"It has managed to make us smile on what otherwise is a very sad day.
"It was about not conforming to the norm, which is what Harry was about - expressing himself and being individual.
"It means we have been able to remember the quirky, lovely boy."