Tracy Beaker Returns: Profile: Frank Matthews
I’m Frank Matthews. I always tell people my surname, because then it’s like a bit of Granddad’s still around. I used to live with him, til a few years back when Social Services said he was too old and made me move to the Dumping Ground. And now he’s dead.
Three things I’m mad for: fishing; Man U; hanging out with Liam. (I sound like Gus, don’t I... making lists!) Me and Granddad used to go fishing all the time. D’you know, when he died, they had his funeral without telling me? I was really cut up about it. So the others built a special memorial bench and put it on our favourite fishing spot, by the lake. I really appreciated that. Granddad would have loved it. And it made me feel a bit better about not getting a chance to say goodbye.
On the Dumping Ground:
Liam says when we leave the Dumping Ground, we’re going to make a stack of money and get a flat together. I’d like that, if it ever happens - Liam’s ideas don’t always pan out. He’s never cared that I’ve got cerebral palsy. Never treated me different. I hate it when strangers treat me like I’m thick, if they can’t understand me. Why don’t they just ask me to repeat what I’ve said? I never have to say anything twice to Liam, he always gets me. We make a great team... just like Man U.