Comic book guru gives kids five days of fun

The An­i­mal Man leads the magic with his slip­pery snakes

Airdrie & Coatbridge Advertiser - - Townhead - Ian Bunt­ing

Act art, bril­liant bak­ing and crack­ing com­edy were just some of the out­stand­ing treats served up by Mark Mil­lar as he hosted a free kids’ club in his na­tive Town­head.

The comic book guru whose ti­tles have been turned into hit movies, held the five-day ex­trav­a­ganza at Town­head Parish Church dur­ing the schools’ Oc­to­ber week hol­i­day.

Beloved Rev­erend Ecilo Se­li­mani was on hand to lead hun­dreds of ex­cited pri­mary school- aged young­sters in a se­ries of fun- packed ac­tiv­i­ties.

Spe­cial vis­i­tors in­cluded rep­re­sent at i v e s f rom Reel­time Mu­sic and The An­i­mal Man, who in­tro­duced the chil­dren to some slip­pery snakes.

Mark was de­lighted with the “phe­nom­e­nal re­sponse” to the kids’ club, telling the Ad­ver­tiser: “My wife and I are re­ally keen to do some­thing cool in Town­head ev­ery cou­ple of months, so a free kids’ club for pri­mary schoolaged chil­dren dur­ing their Oc­to­ber break seemed like a good idea.

“I think the par­ents en­joyed it as much as the kids, but the young­sters had a ball.

“We had a visit from The An­i­mal Man, a pet­ting zoo giv­ing Town­head kids a chance to hold the big­gest bugs and the long­est snakes.

“We had a bril­liant sports team along who had the kids running around for a cou­ple of days and there were bak­ery and mu­si­cal in­stru­ment les­sons, DJ classes and arts and crafts rang­ing from mod­el­ling to draw­ing your own car­toon char­ac­ters, with spe­cial­ist teach­ers drafted in ev­ery day.

“Bril­liant chil­dren’s standup co­me­dian Mis­ter Fib­bers came along to de­liver fun songs and sto­ries.

“It was fan­tas­tic and we hope to do the same next Easter and maybe launch it as a reg­u­lar thing on Sun­days while par­ents are in Town­head Parish Church for the Sun­day ser­vice.”

Mark added: “A big thankyou goes to the great Rev­erend Ecilo Sele­mani for al­low­ing us to hold this club and for his end­less pa­tience with all the crazy ideas my wife and I keep hit­ting him with.

“He’s an amaz­ing boon for Town­head and we hope to con­tinue to make both church halls real hubs for the com­mu­nity.

“Thanks also go to all the bril­liant paid staff and un­paid vol­un­teers who helped out, with spe­cial thanks to Frances Mullen whose or­gan­i­sa­tional skills were in­cred­i­ble.

“Now we’re all fo­cused on Santa Day at the Town­head parish hall fair on Novem­ber 24 – and we’re talk­ing about start­ing an am­a­teur dra­mat­ics so­ci­ety too, so stay tuned.”

Huge suc­cess Mark (cen­tre, right) was de­lighted with the re­sponse to the kids’ club

Slip­pery cus­tomer The An­i­mal Man in­tro­duces a snake to one in­quis­i­tive kid

Show­case of skills Arts and craft les­sons were pro­vided

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