Posts are becoming harder to come by, even more so when that piece of mail is from The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. Yet that is exactly how author Peter Brunton’s day went.
Brunton had sent Prince George all three of his Sally the Oil Rig Seal books as a Christmas present this past year. After putting the thought at the back of his mind he received an unusual looking letter in the mail.
“I noticed the postmark was different – it said, Buckingham Palace….At first I thought it was a wind-up. But then I the opened the envelope and looked at the letter and I realised it was the real thing.”
Once overcoming the fact this was not a prank, the letter went on to read:
“The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have asked me to thank you for your kind letter and gift sent to Prince George at Christmas. Their Royal Highnesses are most grateful to you for taking the trouble to send Prince George three of the ‘Sally the Oil Rig Seal’ children’s books. It really was most thoughtful of you and The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have asked me to send you their warmest thanks and best wishes for the New Year.”
No doubt that Brunton was thrilled with the response: “I was absolutely amazed, I was so pleased that somebody took the time to say thank you and write to me…It’s nice to know that they actually care about the people in this country.”
Sally the Oil Rig Seal and it’s two squeals, Sally To The Rescue and Sally And Her Pups originated from Brunton’s experiences of working on an oil rig. Written in 1993, Brunton’s asked friend and colleague Trevor Kirton, a diving superintendent to illustrate the story.
The books have since been translated into Norwegian.
If you are in Guisborough area on 28 February, you can attend Guisborough Book Shop on Chaloner Street to listening to Peter Brunton do a reading of his books from 11am-1pm. For more information please call 01287 610179.