TV artist to visit Sudbury

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CHILDREN’S presenter Neil Buchanan, who used to present the popular children’s art show Art Attack, is coming to Sudbury to be part of the town’s Christmas celebrations.

Neil was rumoured on the social network site Facebook to have died from cancer. Dealing with the shock of the experience – as 69,000 messages of condolence poured on to a Facebook page entitled ‘RIP Neil Buchanan’ – resulted in him producing a book called Hope Street.

Prints of his collection of childhood memories are currently on show at the Art and Framing Centre, in North Street, where Neil will be appearing and taking part in the late-night Christmas shopping and street fair on Friday, November 25.

Sarah Orton, from Wac PR, said it was Neil’s rumoured death on the internet that encouraged the TV star back into his art attic to reflect on, record and paint his own simpler childhood days growing up in Liverpool in the 1960s in the great outdoor adventure playground.

“There are about six million young people who adored the show and tuned in every week – so he had quite a fan base,” she said.

“They never got to the bottom of who started the rumour on Facebook but it was three years ago.

“Someone just thought it was a ‘funny’ play on words with Neil’s association with Art Attack.”