By Luca Giannini aged 7 years old
70 years ago a very special thing happened. A daddy sat next to his son, Christopher, who was in bed with measles and he began telling a story about a little train called, Edward. Christopher loved the story so much that his daddy created more characters, one of them called Thomas, and a year later the first story was turned into a book called ‘Thomas the Tank Engine’.
Children all over the world fell in love with Thomas and his train friends and now he may be one of the most famous trains in the world. The daddy who created those stories was the Reverend W. Awdry and he used to write letters to his son in his books, so that Christopher always knew that the trains were his friends:
Here is your friend Thomas, the Tank Engine.
He wanted to come out of his station-yard and see the world.
These stories tell you how he did it.
I hope you will like them because you helped me to make them.
Your Loving Daddy
This week celebrates Thomas’ 70th anniversary and I was invited to join celebrities and children who are all thought of as Thomas’ friends. The party was held at The British Museum, which is a very significant place to choose, because Thomas is definitely part of British history (he apparently should have his own section in the museum all the time).
The party was so much fun. There were models of the original trains including Henry, James, Thomas and Diesel, as well as photographs of special drawings and events over the past 70 years. A giant Thomas character sat in the middle of a huge room, smiling cheekily at everyone as they arrived. Face painters and balloon artists created Thomas body art and balloon sculptures, whilst children were given lots of Thomas activities to enjoy. In addition to this, there was a cinema room, which showed Thomas episodes on the big screen. Also, a nice lady told stories that the audience helped to tell, and she held Thomas quizzes too, which was fun (and I think I was the loudest at shouting out the quiz answers).
My mum told me that there were lots of celebrities there too (they are people who are famous) and she said they included: Billie Faires and Chloe Sims from TOWIE, Alex Jones, Alexandra Burke, Donna Air, Rufus Hound and Danny Wallace – I just know that everyone at the party was happy because we were all there for one reason, because we love Thomas and his railway friends.
One of the best things of all was the almighty birthday cake in the shape of Thomas. It was bigger than me and as it was wheeled into the room, everyone sang happy birthday to all the special engines. I should mention the wonderful goodie bags too – they were fabulous (thank you Thomas for having such great party bags).
2015 is Thomas’ special year and there are possibly going to be lots of exciting activities and events taking place across the UK to celebrate. I am hoping I will be invited to them all so that I can write about them for The Positive – or maybe I’ll even meet some of you Positive readers there! Toot Toot!
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