A MAN from Burscough, who used to write stories for his children is going to have one of them published after 25 years of trying.
Nick Goldsworthy, an estate agent, will have his story called Bruce, which is aimed at children aged six to eight years old, published next month.
The book follows Bruce, a young spruce tree, who must avoid his family’s fate and find the perfect spot to settle if he is to realise his dream and become the King of the Forest.
Nick said: “Bruce is just one of a number of children’s stories that I have written over the last 35 years for my own children, who have thoroughly enjoyed listening to them at bedtime.
“My children are now adults with their own families and when the book is published in October they will enjoy reading Bruce to their own children.”
Nick and his wife Jill have three children and three young grandsons and have lived in Burscough and nearby Scarisbrick for 26 years.
He added: “The idea of Bruce originated from my love of the countryside and putting life into a simple, Spruce / Fir tree.
“I wanted to create some magic for children to encourage their desire to respect and protect all living things including trees.
“Bringing the Spruce Tree - Bruce to life is magical and hopefully will help children realise that trees are special and have their own individual lives.
“The ongoing annual waste of millions of trees destroyed by the gradual destruction of the environment and the demands of humans for Christmas period are also highlighted in this story.”
He says the book can be used for children to study in primary schools as it shows examples of sentence structure, punctuation and a plot.
The story is available online for pupils to watch and listen to.