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Published 26th Jan 2017

Local author Peter Brunton from Middlesbrough with Sally the Seal

Children’s author Peter Brunton, from Middlesbrough, has teamed up with Rip Tied, the recently opened children’s craft centre in Saltburn, to run some exciting workshops throughout March.

Peter, now retired, drew on his experiences working on an oil rig to write 3 children’s books based on the character of Sally the Oil Rig Seal, which have now been enjoyed by many children including Prince George (Peter received thanks from the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge after he sent some copies of his books for Christmas).

When Jayne Lee, owner of Rip Tied, discovered the books she decided to make them the focus of her sea themed craft workshops, which change monthly and are aimed at 4-9 year olds. The pair have planned 8 dates in March to bring ‘Sally’s’ story to life, through Peter reading and Jayne leading craft activities such as stuffing your own seal teddy – something that particularly excites Peter as he’s always wanted cuddly toy versions of Sally to be available, so can’t wait to get stuck in with the children. There’s even a song about Sally which will also be sung at the workshops.

Details of the workshops, costing £19 per child and bookable via or 07740336027, are as follows:

Thursday 2nd March, 4pm - 5.30pm
Sunday 5th March, 11am - 12.30pm
Thursday 9th March, 4pm - 5.30pm
Sunday 12th March, 11am - 12.30pm
Thursday 16th March, 4pm - 5.30pm
Sunday 19th March, 11am - 12.30pm
Thursday 23rd March, 4pm - 5.30pm
Thursday 30th March, 4pm - 5.30pm

All at 1st floor, 10 Station Street, Saltburn-By-The-Sea, TS12 1AE

Workshop includes - Hearing Peter read, taking questions, and signing copies of his books/audiobooks (available to buy at additional cost)

  • Supply of 16” ‘Stuff your own Sally'
  • Materials & guidance to make a pup, ship or helicopter wooden spoon puppet
  • Materials & guidance to write a Sally inspired poem set in a frame handcrafted by the children present
  • Juice for all children
  • Donation to Multiple Sclerosis Society Teesside branch

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