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Chance to bring books to life

SEVEN-YEAR-OLD Shaun Goddard is set to be a Time Lord thanks to costume workshops in Bognor Regis.

 

His mother, Deanna Allen, was among those who went along to the first costume workshop held by Making Theatre Gaining Skills.

 

The community interest company is staging the three events to enable parents to create costumes for their children to wear on World Book Day.

 

She said: “I’m thinking of making a Doctor Who costume for Shaun or someone like Captain Hook. It will be the first time I’ve made a costume for World Book Day.

 

“I normally buy them and these workshops are a good idea. It will be good for Shaun’s imagination to get involved in this.

 

“He will put his ideas across. He is quite good at making things like Lego.”

 

The first workshop was held on Wednesday last week, followed by another this week and from 10am-1pm next Wednesday at Bognor Youth & Community Centre in Westloats Lane.

 

The drop-in sessions are free to attend. They are being led by lifelong dressmaker Janis Gadd. She said: “Most people want to look like their hero. It’s a case of looking at photos and taking the costume from there.

 

“It will be something they can wear and run around in that sparkles. The costume will spark their imagination and can be made out of anything.”

 

She said her role was to oversee the sessions and give the parents the confidence to make the costumes.

 

Hilary Strong, of Making Theatre Gaining Skills, said she was pleased by the turnout of 11 on the first day. It also marked the first day since the official opening of the centre’s café run by volunteers.

 

“We had no idea who would come along – and it’s now a case of spreading the word about us to encourage people to come in.”

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