Overcast

Overcast

max temp: 16°C

min temp: 13°C

ESTD 1874 Search

The pigs are coming. Find out more about

Pigs Gone Wild

here.

Video: That’s the way to do it! 11-year-old Tommy Bradshaw takes talents to new heights with his new Punch & Judy booth

09:20 12 January 2015

Tommy Bradshaw who has been performing Punch and Judy shows since he was 4 years old has now recieved a grant for his new show booth. Photograph Simon Parker

Tommy Bradshaw who has been performing Punch and Judy shows since he was 4 years old has now recieved a grant for his new show booth. Photograph Simon Parker

Archant

Natural-born entertainer Tommy Bradshaw is pleased as Punch with his latest puppeteering prop.

Tommy Bradshaw who has been performing Punch and Judy shows since he was 4 years old has now recieved a grant for his new show booth. Photograph Simon ParkerTommy Bradshaw who has been performing Punch and Judy shows since he was 4 years old has now recieved a grant for his new show booth. Photograph Simon Parker

The 11-year-old from Ipswich has been bringing to life the mischievous Punch and Judy cast since the tender age of four.

And now, thanks to an £800 grant and the artistry of a family friend, the Ormiston Endeavour Academy pupil is taking his talents to the next level.

Until recently Tommy had been exhibiting his extraordinary talents from a homemade stand constructed by his father, Darren.

But after applying for funding through the North West Ipswich Big Local Trust, the Chesterfield Drive youngster was handed an Inspiration Award to help pay for a new booth – handmade and decorated by Claydon-based Punch and Judy performer Miraiker Battey, who also creates his many puppets.

Having performed on several occasions to hundreds of people in Covent Garden, Tommy is believed to be the youngest performer of his kind in the country.

Mum, Gail, said: “We couldn’t afford to get him a new booth, and it wouldn’t have been fair on the other children. But this is what he loves to do and we found a way to support it.

“People love it. It’s a unique talent. People are always so surprised when a little boy appears at the end.”

Tommy, who has an 18-year-old brother, Charlie, and nine-year-old sister, Ellie, is already venturing into other forms of entertainment. He recently invested in a number of mascot costumes and can sometimes be found entertaining passers-by in Christchurch Park.

The Punch and Judy show, which he performs free of charge, has already taken several booking for birthday parties this year.

Tommy, whose favourite character is cheeky Mr Punch, said: “I just know it off by heart now. I stick mainly to the traditional stories but use lots of funny routines.

“It started as something I did for Halloween party and I’ve just kept going. I like everything about Punch and Judy.”

1 comment

  • If you haven't seen his show yet, look out for him at fairs and open days in North West Ipswich where he puts on a free show to help raise funds for local schools and charities. He's certainly an inspiration!

    Report this comment

    Tolly

    Monday, January 12, 2015

The views expressed in the above comments do not necessarily reflect the views of this site

Aerial shots of Ipswich Waterfront - courtesy of www.skycameast.co.uk

A deer that was trapped underneath a wooden structure near Ipswich Waterfront tonight has been rescued.

File picture of the East Anglian Air Ambulance.

Paramedics have been called to an incident in Witham.

An Abellio Greater Anglia train at Colchester

A number of trains – starting with the 16.00 Colchester Town to Colchester – have been terminated or cancelled this afternoon due to a member of train crew being unavailable.

The RNLI

A lifeboat was called to help four people on board an angling vessel off the coast of Lowestoft earlier this afternoon.

The A14 near Stowupland

A crash involving two vehicles blocked the eastbound A14 at Stowmarket earlier this afternoon.

Jade Norman with her dogs Havilland, Mauno, Murphy and Jared

An animal lover on a mission to raise vital funds for a labrador rehoming charity is to embark on a 26-mile dog walk across Suffolk.

Trail makers are needed to keep an eye on the pigs during the summer months

Friendly faces are needed to greet visitors to Ipswich this summer and ensure the interactive Pigs Gone Wild trail is a success.

Most read

Great Days Out

cover

Click here to view
the Great Days Out
supplement

View

Most commented

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Streetlife

Newsletter Sign Up

Great British Life

Great British Life
MyDate24 MyPhotos24