Months ago I entered a competition with Scholastic to win a goody bag of free Horrible Histories stuff. I really love free stuff, so was more than happy to write a short email with a gruesome fact about Brentwood.
And then, a little while later, we were called on the phone. She said that we’d won ourselves a Martin Brown! I said ‘Are you sure? We’re very small you know,’ but she was certain. How amazing. The brilliantly talented Martin was booked in to visit us. Look, here he is, in our shop!
And so today, at around half past two, Martin arrived, accompanied by the equally lovely Elizabeth. Needless to say, there was much excitement abounding. Phoenix FM and the Gazette have been ever so generous and enthusiastic with their support, as have local schools. All of which meant that Martin was pretty much trapped with us for three hours, with a constant queue heading out of the door.
Here’s some pics to show it wasn’t all a dream:
Not only did Martin sign books, posters and Rattus stickers, he also spent time talking to all of our visitors. The rather bizarre creation pictured above was drawn by Martin, who asked the children for suggestions to create a character. So now we have a weird and wonderful original Martin Brown drawing. Yay!
As if all of that wasn’t generous enough, Martin then drew out the winning raffle ticket for our free prize draw for this,