My great-nephew is three today. At this point, his favourite fictional characters are Peter Rabbit and Thomas the Tank Engine. If three-year-olds cared about such things (which they don’t), he would doubtless be surprised to learn that they are both older than great-auntie. 77 more words
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He may be 70 this year, but Thomas the Tank Engine’s smile and famous blue paint hasn’t faded one bit!
Created by Reverend Wilbert Awdry to entertain his son while he had the measles, Thomas made his debut in The Railway Series of books in 1946. 245 more words
The year is 1945. VE Day marks the end of World War II, actor Martin Shaw and singer songwriter legend Van Morrison are both born. And in May of that year, on exactly this week, the first in a new series of books for children called ‘The Railway Series’, charting the lives of a team of steam locomotives on a fictional island somewhere in the Irish Sea, written by a Hampshire based vicar to entertain his young son who had the measles, was published. 750 more words