Crowds flock to new exhibition at Portsmouth Museum

  • Rastamouse creator Michael De Souza puts on entertaining stoprytime
  • The Story of Children’s TV exhibition is opened by the author and Cllr Linda Symes
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HUNDREDS of families packed into Portsmouth Museum to take a trip down memory lane of children’s television.

And they all had an ‘irie’ time as Michael De Souza, the author of book and CBeebies show Rastamouse, brought a lesson in Jamaican patois to mark the opening of the Story of Children’s Television exhibition.

A story time was held by the entertaining author, before the Lord Mayor of Portsmouth, Councillor Frank Jones, was asked to play Rastamouse baddie Bagga T, much to the delight of the gathered crowd.

Mr De Souza said he was honoured to be invited to open the free exhibition, which runs until February.

He was proud to see an original Rastamouse on display alongside other kids’ TV classics like Humpty from Play School, Fizz from the Tweenies, Dipsy from Teletubbies, plus many more.

Mr De Souza said: ‘It’s a great pleasure and privilege to be here.’ Helping Mr De Souza in his animated storytime was Kester Seek, aged four, from Southsea, who was at the event with his mum Clare and sister Mariella, six. He had the job of turning the pages throughout the story.

Kester said: ‘It was good and I even got to keep the book.’

Also at the day were friends Emma Harper, from Copnor and Sharon Williamson, from Southsea. The pals had brought along Emma’s children – Phoebe, eight, and Florence, four – to see Mr De Souza and the new exhibition.

Emma, 31, said: ‘It was really good and got everyone involved.’ Sharon, 27, who helped Mr De Souza tell his story Rastamouse and Da Bag-a Bling, said: ‘It was good fun.’

Cllr Linda Symes, who is in charge of leisure at Portsmouth council, joined Mr De Souza to officially open the exhibition. She said: ‘It’s going to be really popular. It is wonderful, anything that brings children in and gets them engaged is fantastic.’