Prayers for dancer Jack and his family

Das Ballettensembles des Stadttheaters Bern bei den Proben zum Tanzabend "Ein Winternachtstraum". Premiere am 3. November 2011. � Stadttheater/Philipp Zinniker
Das Ballettensembles des Stadttheaters Bern bei den Proben zum Tanzabend "Ein Winternachtstraum". Premiere am 3. November 2011. � Stadttheater/Philipp Zinniker

A SCHOOL is praying for one of its former students – a talented young dancer who is now fighting for his life in hospital after a horrific attack.

Tring Park School has issued an official statement about its star pupil saying that it was devastated to hear about the attack on Jack Widdowson, and that its thoughts and prayers were with Jack and his family.

The 19-year-old is in a critical condition in University Hospital of Wales after he suffered serious neck injuries when he was violently assaulted last Friday night.

Jack had been visiting his brother in Cardiff and had spent the evening in the city centre but had been separated from the group he was with.

He was approached by a man, who began walking with him at 12.45am in Bute Terrace and he was assaulted on a footpath. His iPhone was stolen.

Jack, who lives in Bath, passed his A-Levels and a vocational qualification in dance at Tring Park.

He also won school prizes for contemporary dance, choreography and the boy’s trophy.

This August he was thrilled to have been chosen as one of the youngest ever members of Bern Ballet Dance Company.

Just a week before the attack his parents had enjoyed watching him dance a lead role in the company’s winter production.

His dad Dr Julian Widdowson said: “Jack is very popular as evidenced by the many good wishes and support that we are receiving from across the world.

“This is a huge comfort to Jack and all the family as Jack fights for his life.

“We would particularly like to thank the member of public who found him and made the 999 call for help.”

A 23-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of assault and robbery and is being held in custody by police.