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Thursday 21st November, 2002 1625 GMT
Newquay School children design a winner!
Fistral Freddie is the idea of youngsters at Newquay Junior School
Fistral Freddie gets ready to 'catch a wave'!

Newquay Junior School youngsters will be glued to their screens when the Cornish Riviera Pasties hit the small screen.

Fistral Freddie will be one of the characters and the children designed him!

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+ Newquay Junior School have designed the latest edition to the Cornish Riviera Pasties!

+ Fistral Freddie, a cool surfing dude, will be turned into a fully animated 2D Cornish Pasty to appear in episodes of the show.

+ The Cornish Riviera Pasties are expected to take to the air in this country next year.
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A cartoon character designed by children from Newquay Junior School has been chosen as the new character for an upcoming animated TV series ‘The Cornish Riviera Pasties’.

Fistral Freddie, a cool surfing dude, will be turned into a fully animated 2D Cornish Pasty to appear in episodes of the show, expected to air on UK TV next year.

Kids from other counties will also get the chance to create a character for the show (schools in the West Midlands are currently being contacted).

Jim Driscoll with a poster of the pasty characters
Jim Driscoll visited the school earlier on in the summer term.

The children created the character during a presentation by Galleon Holdings, the animation company behind the cartoon series, at Newquay Junior School earlier this year.

“The children did brilliantly,” says Jim Driscoll MBE, co-creator of The Cornish Rivie ra Pasties and Chairman of Galleon Holdings. “I knew when I left the school that Fistral Freddie was something special. I was looking for a cool, fit, funky pasty to complete a quartet of surfers for the series. Along with Portmeor Pete, Malibu Mike and Bondi Bruce, Fistral Freddie fits in really well, I’m sure he’ll be a popular character with viewers.”

Freddie came to life when the children were asked to shout out ideas for a character that was being drawn in front of them by one of the artists from the show.

Fistral Freddie
Fistral Freddie looks happy, so the surf in Newquay must be good!

After being shown the animated trailer, hearing the theme tune and listening to the story behind the show, the children were given the opportunity to create their own pasty, an opportunity they relished according to head teacher David Shillaber.

“We encourage the children to be creative in all aspects of their schooling so I wasn’t surprised that the ideas flowed when they were asked to create a new character,” explains David.

“However, I don’t think any of us thought that Fistral Freddie would actually make it to the TV series! It’s great news for the school, the children and for Cornwall. The Cornish Riviera Pasties could be great ambassadors for the region.”

“The kids knew what they wanted right from the start,” continues Jim Driscoll.

Fistral Freddie heads to the skate board park

“They wanted a character that was leaner and fitter than the others, that personified the trendy surfer image that Newquay represents. The fact that Freddie is named after Britain’s most famous beach for surfers says a lot about how savvy the kids are.”

Freddie is now with ace children’s artist Rob Lee, the man behind Fireman Sam, who is turning him into a fully fledged member of The Cornish Riviera Pasties’ family.

“Rob is giving Freddie the proper look and feel for the series so that the animators can add him into the cartoon. We’re also in talks with a number of Cornish-based organisations regarding the use of Freddie as a mascot for a various projects. We’re hoping to make announcements in the very near future,” explains Jim.

Until then, Fistral Freddie can be seen on the website for the cartoon series www.rivierapasties.com

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