We're sprinkling a little happiness all the way from the USA

A GROUP of friends and family brought smiles to motorists' faces with an unusual roadside stunt.

Tuesday, 26th January 2016, 12:00 pm
Photo Neil Cross The Happiness Centre "protest" on the Ring Road in Preston

Harnessing the idea of US group The Happiness Sprinkling Project, Rob Christopher from Leyland organised a group of well-wishers to brighten up the people of Preston’s day.

Armed with smiley-face t-shirts and signs, the 46-year-old and his pals stood on the roadside on Ribbleton Lane to spread some joy.

Rob said: “I met the group when I was in Denver and asked them about how I’d get involved.

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Photo Neil Cross Koral Taylor, four, at the Happiness Centre "protest" on the Ring Road in Preston

“Apparently it has never been done outside the US so this was the first European sprinkling of happiness.

“The group sent me the t-shirts and the signs and we got a really good reaction.

“It’s just about putting a smile on people’s faces.

“We got lots of honking and we even had a few people wanting to get involved.

Photo Neil Cross The Happiness Centre "protest" on the Ring Road in Preston

“I’m hoping to do another one in the North West somewhere before the signs and t-shirts go off to a Kilkenny school in Ireland.” The US group started in 2012 and has no political or religious affiliations.

“It sends the signs and t-shirts to anyone who wants them so they can spread happiness in their area before it moves on to its next town or city.

And now Rob is recruiting for his next project.

He said: “I’m just gathering numbers at the minute and then we’ll set a location. If anyone wants to get involved either go to the Facebook page ‘The Happiness Sprinkling Project’ or email me on [email protected]

Photo Neil Cross Koral Taylor, four, at the Happiness Centre "protest" on the Ring Road in Preston

l Anyone else wanting to use the t-shirts and signs can contact the US group directly by going on to its website at www.happinesssprinklingproject.org/ and filling in the online form.

Photo Neil Cross The Happiness Centre "protest" on the Ring Road in Preston