Ex Beatle supports Lyme grandfathers’ child literacy drive

PUBLISHED: 15:01 16 October 2018

Paul McCartney's former PR chief Geoff Baker with his grandchildren. Picture: CONTRIBUTED

Paul McCartney's former PR chief Geoff Baker with his grandchildren. Picture: CONTRIBUTED


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The new Dottie’s Pop-Up Kitchen in Lyme Regis is to host a storytelling tea party for children at half term to help promote a child literacy drive.

Two local grandfathers Geoff Baker and David Austin, authors of the recently-launched Silly Grandads’ reading project, have been invited by kitchen owner Alethea Mcloughlin to give a “world premiere reading” of their latest children’s stories at the popular Broad Street bistro on Wednesday, October 24, from 4pm.

Geoff, who devised the international drive aimed at encouraging more grandparents to read to their grandchildren and thus help boost child literacy, will exclusively perform two new stories - Darcey And The Moon and Silly Grandad and The Sandcastle.

He and David, who first began the campaign for grandparents to read to children in 2016 by publishing their Sandy The Wonder Pig stories, will also be signing copies of their books.

“It’s an honour for us grandpops to pop up at a pop-up,” said Geoff, who is a grandfather to three children aged one to four.

“Like many people in the town, I’m a huge fan of the variety of fantastic flavours at Dottie Kitchen and I hope that our storytelling may be to the taste of its customers, too.

“Dave and I are very grateful to Ali for suggesting a storytelling tea party as the more we can do to help children learn to read and become fascinated by books, the more that those children will benefit.

“Since we re-launched the idea of a child literacy drive last month under the Silly Grandads banner, we have had support from grandparents from across the UK, the USA, Norway, Singapore and Australia.

“Even my ex-boss Paul McCartney is joining the grandads’ reading to grandchildren campaign, with his own children’s book coming out next year. I’m hoping that his celebrity will bring even more support to a very good cause.”

Check out www.thepopup.kitchen for details on how to book or call/text Ali on 07803 574548.

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