Macc Town cards are hit for car­toon­ist, 13

Macclesfield Express - - FRONT PAGE - STU­ART GREER

ATEENAGE car­toon­ist has de­signed spe­cial greet­ings cards com­mem­o­rat­ing Mac­cles­field Town FC’s trip to Wem­b­ley in the FA Tro­phy.

Christian Bee­ston, 13, penned a card mim­ick­ing the front page of the Mac­cles­field Ex­press for the big match on May 21.

Another witty card, aimed at hus­bands and wives, talks of Silk­men sup­port­ers swap­ping their loved ones for a foot­ball.

Th­ese are among 18 of Christian’s de­signs pay­ing homage to his home town.

Oth­ers fea­ture lo­cal land­marks such as Tegg’s Nose, Shut­tlingsloe and White Nancy, as well as fa­mous build­ings such as the Her­itage Cen­tre and the Arighi Bianchi shop off the Silk Road.

Mac­cles­field Rugby Club gets a nod from the artis­tic teenager and there is a card fea­tur­ing Tour of Bri­tain cy­clists on the Cat and Fid­dle.

The card ven­ture has been a mas­sive suc­cess. Christian, a stu­dent at King’s School who lives on Pen­rith Av­enue in Mac­cles­field, has sold more than 600 cards through lo­cal shops.

He has also sold 80 mugs and 130 coast­ers fea­tur­ing his de­signs sell­ing them at Arighi Bianchi, No Place Like Home, cafes Tegg’s Tea Room, Cherry Blos­som and Jack Stevens, the Her­itage Cen­tre, Mac­cles­field Tourist In­for­ma­tion Of­fice and Peak Cy­cle Sport. The idea for a card cel­e­brat­ing the Silk­men’s cup suc­cess came from Paul Bianchi, chair­man of the Arighi Bianchi and a life long Ma c c l e s - field Town FC sup­porter. He said: “Christian is to­tally orig­i­nal, a fan­tas­tic tal­ent and a won­der­ful flag bearer for the town and we are de­lighted to be sell­ing his work.” Last year Christian’s skill was recog­nised when he was named Na­tional Young Car­toon­ist of the Year.

Christian, how­ever, was quick to credit his mum,um, Lotte: “I’m the de­sign­erner but mum is the busi­nessss­woman; she’s the one ne who is go­ing round the he shops. I do what I am told.“I’ve al­ways want­eded to be an ar­chi­tect but you ou never know if this bu­sisi­ness re­ally takes off where it might lead.

“You could evenn re­peat the idea in other er towns.”

Mum Lotte said: d: “Christian al­ways has a pen and pa­per to hand d and loves draw­ing.

“I re­mem­ber when he was just three-year­sold he pro­duced a pic­ture of a giraffe that was just re­mark­able.

“His new work isn’t hard to sell; I started with friends who were re­tail­ers and the word just gets around.”

Pic­tures: Mike Carter

Christian, 13, has had some of his card de­signs made into mugs and coast­ers, which are also be­ing sold in Mac­cles­field shops, in­clud­ing Arighi Bianchi. He is pic­tured with di­rec­tor John Bianchi (left) and chair­man Paul Bianchi. Below: Christian’s spoof Mac­cles­field Ex­press front page

Some of Christian Bee­ston’s cards cel­e­brat­ing Mac­cles­field land­marks and the Silk­men’s run to the FA Tro­phy fi­nal

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