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Saturday, 10th October 2020

The tale of the boy, his granny, the bean, and the bear

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Sean Clarke with his teddy at the launch yesterday of 'Sean’s Billy Bear ' the book written by his granny Marian. Photo: Andy Spearman.

Smiles all the way for granny and grandson despite book launch cancellation

When Sean Clarke from Meadow View popped a blue jellybean in his ear four years ago, he could never have known what his actions would lead to.

Initially the outcome wasn’t great it has to be said, he had to go to the doctor and then to Temple Street hospital whose sweet removal team had the jellybean out in no time. Being a children’s hospital, they’re used to that kind of thing.

Sean doesn’t remember too much about the whole episode, he still has the jellybean in a jar somewhere but can’t remember which ear he put it in or why.

The brief visit to hospital turned out to be the start of a big adventure for Sean and his Nana Marian though.

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On the way home from hospital Sean and Marian, who are like best buddies rather than granny and grandson, stopped off at a toy shop but that was just the start of the fun.

The whole episode sparked off the creative juices in Nana Marian and she wrote a lovely little book of poems about it called Sean’s Billy Bear and she planned a big launch for yesterday with all proceeds going to the Laura Lynn   children’s charity.

Sadly though, yesterday’s launch party had to be postponed due to the Covid-19 regulations but granny and grandson had great fun as they posed for photos and enjoyed the limelight at a special press launch at the Barbican Centre.

“Sean’s Billy Bear has gone into hibernation!” Marian said. “To wake him up please purchase a copy of the book!”

You can get your copy by the following means:
Directly from Marian on her Facebook page,Email
The Artisan Cafe
Thanks to everyone who has bought a book to support Laura Lynn.

See our previous story:

Little boy gets jelly bean stuck in his ear, inspires his gran to write poetry

Sean and his granny Marian Clarke at yesterday’s book launch in the Barbican Centre with Mayor Kevin Callan and Councillor Declan Power.

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