Short stories about Gloucester are being collected by a Longlevens pensioner who wants to publish a book raising money for his community.
SHORT stories about Gloucester are being collected by a Longlevens pensioner who wants to publish a book raising money for his community.
David Jenkins, 69, has lived in the area for 14 years and wants people to send him their funny tales or interesting short snippets of life in the city.
He hopes to collect up to 400 stories, of no longer than 200 words each, so he can publish a book to give readers a peek through a window into their Gloucester lives.
"I was thinking about some of my experiences and thought how great it would be to hear other people's," he said.
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"One of mine is about getting up on stage and singing Fly Me to the Moon with astronaut Neil Armstrong at Cape Canaveral in 1977. I was there at a marketing event for a tractor company I was working for at the time. I thought it was an unusual story and there must be plenty of others out there waiting to be heard.
"I want to promote Longlevens and the surrounding community as best I can and this seems like a great way to do that."
Mr Jenkins is part of the Longlevens Neighbourhood Partnership and presented cheques worth £200 to deserving causes at a community centre event last month.
Those benefiting included a martial arts club, Girl Guides and a church focus group.
Proceeds from a published book will go to similar Longlevens community projects.
To get in touch with Mr Jenkins, or send in your short story, visit www.mylonglevens.co.uk.