Ut­terly bril­liant! TV star Mal­lett’s opin­ion of Macc

Macclesfield Express - - BEFORE THE BENCH - STU­ART GREER

TV star and artist Timmy Mal­lett has hailed Mac­cles­field as ‘ut­terly bril­liant’ af­ter a visit to the town.

The celebrity cy­cled around the town dur­ing a mini-tour of the region, rid­ing along Mac­cles­field Canal and vis­it­ing the Moss Rose.

The star – best known for his chil­dren’s show Wa­ca­day where he wielded a gi­ant pink mal­let – is a tal­ented painter and has an ex­hi­bi­tion at White­wall Gal­leries in Knutsford.

He took some time out to ex­plore the county and vis­ited Mac­cles­field for the first time, tweet­ing pic­tures of the sights and peo­ple he en­coun­tered along the way.

Speak­ing to the Ex­press of his experience, Timmy de­scribed the town as ‘re­ally spe­cial’.

Timmy, 60, said: “As I was in the area to launch my lat­est ex­hi­bi­tion I was keen to set aside a few days to ex­plore the area and find some in­spi­ra­tion for fu­ture paint­ings. I found that in abun­dance in Mac­cles­field.”

Timmy cy­cled part of the Mid­dle­wood Way, Peak For­est Canal and Mac­cles­field Canal be­fore head­ing through the town to Gawsworth, drop­ping into the Rising Sun pub.

He said: “The route was stun­ning. I was re­ally taken by the area and loved the in­dus­trial her­itage, in­clud­ing how that has been reused in places like the for­mer Ho­vis Mill. I was very im­pressed.”

Timmy was also bowled over by the peo­ple he met here, es­pe­cially when he was res­cued from a bike dis­as­ter.

He said: “I ended up with a prob­lem with my bike and went look­ing for help. It was 5pm and I feared ev­ery­thing was shut. A man on a bike passed and I asked for help. He turned out to be some­one called Paul John­son, who runs a bike shop and he got me out of a fix. He was ut­terly bril­liant.

“If you judge a place by the wel­come you get from the peo­ple, not just the pretty sur­round­ings, I found Mac­cles­field re­ally lovely. Re­ally spe­cial.”

Timmy also took a trip to see the home of Mac­cles­field Town.

He said: “My son is a big Ox­ford United fan and has trav­elled to the Moss Rose be­fore. It was great to come and see such a his­toric ground. It was just a shame I ar­rived too late to pop by and say hi to the staff there.”

Timmy said he still gets recog­nised from his time on TV.

He said: “Peo­ple are al­ways re­mind­ing me of those catch­phrases from TV. It’s lovely. I am al­ways touched peo­ple have fond mem­o­ries of that pe­riod.”

Celebrity and artist Timmy Mal­lett with Paul John­son, owner of bike shop Ride and Re­pair, and on the canal tow­path as he ex­plored Mac­cles­field by bike

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●● Timmy Mal­lett as we re­mem­ber him from TV

●● At the Moss Rose

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