Sir David Attenborough praises north-east pupils about marine pollution video in handwritten letter

A group of pupils who made an animated film about plastic pollution featuring Sir David Attenborough as a character alongside the Broons have been praised by the beloved broadcaster.

Students from Banff and Macduff primary School had written to Sir David to tell them about their Doric project.

He has now responded to their letter and, although he has not yet watched the film, he said it “sounds very entertaining and valuable”.

The 18-minute stop animation production, named Knitmare on Glebe Street, tells the story of the Broons discovering the dangers of plastic in the seas which results in them finding alternatives – making the film version of Sir David very happy.

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The letter from David Attenborough for primary pupils in Banff and Macduff Schools

Primary five, six and seven pupils from the two schools were helped by teacher Dorothy Reid, who was inspired having watched a documentary about pollution in the oceans.

The film was made using specially-made knitted puppets, and is the fourth of its kind made by Mrs Reid and her pupils over the last five years.

But this is the first to be recognised by one of the famous people that makes an appearance as a puppet.

Sir David’s letter stated: “Thank you very much for telling me about your animation.

“It sounds very entertaining and valuable.

“I look forward very much to viewing it when I can.”

Pictures of the letter were shared across social media by Mrs Reid who was delighted to have had such a response.

In a statement she posted, she wrote: “(We got) a letter back from David Attenborough this morning.


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“He hasn’t viewed the animation as yet but hopefully in the near future. Fingers crossed.

“We’re all very excited to receive a letter back from him and we’re really sure that once he views it, he will love it.

“You will too, and maybe you will help the children to see a cleaner ocean.”

For those interested in watching, the film is available to watch on YouTube and can be found by searching for Knitmare on Glebe Street.

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