Strictly Come Dancing star Anton Du Beke wants children to keep the art of handwriting alive.
The super smooth TV personality has become the face of a magical writing competition launched by pen company uni-ball in an attempt to get children to evoke their imagination.
“I want kids to ditch their computer consoles and television sets,” commented Anton. “The art of handwriting is so important. It brings many benefits to youngsters and when linked to reading can reinforce achievement.”
“Writing is a vital skill for life and builds character,” said Stuart Barker, uni-ball’s marketing manager. “We have received some high profile support for the campaign and hope children embrace what we are trying to achieve by taking part in the competition.”
uni-ball’s writing competition requires children to describe how they would spend the day with their favourite storybook character. One overall winner will receive a school hamper filled with technological treats and the first 200 people to send in an entry will receive a uni-ball fanthom pen.
Pictured: Strictly star Anton Du Beke pens his entry for uni-ball’s magical new writing competition
How Anton Du Beke would spend a day with his favourite story book character:
If I could spend a day with my favourite story book character – it would have to be Willy Wonka from Charlie and The Chocolate Factory.
We would fly up to Scotland on Willy’s private jet and play a round of golf at the famous St Andrews Golf Course. Our golf clubs would be made of sugar cane and our golf balls made of Willy Wonka’s tasty chocolate. Charlie Bucket would come with us to be our caddie for the day. We may even let him take a few swings! If it was a really sunny day, we wouldn’t have to worry about the balls melting, as we would be accompanied by Oompa Loompas who would sing a magic tune to keep them cool.
After the match, I would teach the Oompa Loompas to do the cha cha cha and whilst Willy, Charlie and I retire to the club house for an afternoon tea of the finest wonka biscuits wrapped in golden foil; the Oompa Loompas would perform for us. As Willy often says; “A little nonsense now and then is relished by the wisest men.”