Launch of a comic strip for Kettering time travelers


Kettering’s past has been brought up to date with a local comic strip created to guide young people through the town’s history.

Launching at KettFest, as part of the Kettering Cultural Consortium, Kettering Civic Society will unveil a colorful guide to the significant people and events that have shaped the community.

On the same day the comic goes on sale, the company will launch a new youth membership program – Time Travellers.

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Kettering Civic Society Comic and Time Travelers Club Launch at KettFest

Monica Ozdemir, Secretary of the Kettering Civic Society, said: “The Kettering Civic Society is interested in the past, present and future of the city, hence the name Time Travellers.

“Recently we have had inquiries about the history of Kettering from primary school teachers and visits have been made to Kettering Station and the Fuller Heritage Museum. This gave us the idea to produce a series of children’s comics telling the story of the city.

The first comic will take the reader on a journey down memory lane, focusing on Kettering’s rich history with nonconformist religious movements.

Researched and written by Monica, the content was edited by Kathy Haigh and illustrated by Max Champion who is with Picture the Difference, a group based at the William Knibb Centre.

The Kettering Civic Society launched Time Travelers – a club for young history buffs and a comic strip telling the story of Kettering

Monica said: “It’s 16 pages, beautifully illustrated with colorful cartoons. Max Champion did an amazing job – the characters have such personalities.

Young people who join Time Travelers – an annual fee of £5 – will receive a lucky bag containing the comic and other goodies.

The Society will have a stand in Gold Street today (Saturday July 2) where there will be plenty of information about upcoming events for families, including a coach trip to the Black Country Living Museum.

Author Dave Clemo will be selling his books, including his latest tome on the history of the Brambleside Estate just off the press.

Arts and crafts enthusiasts will also be able to get their hands on activity boxes created as part of a project funded by Historic England through the Kettering Cultural Consortium.

The project, led by artist Carol Miles, allowed residents to share their memories of Kettering and Wicksteed Park.

Carol has taken these keepsakes and created craft boxes that will be available at the company’s stand for people to take away, on a first-come, first-served basis. There will also be activity sheets for children.

People can use their comics on the “Walking in the Footsteps of Reverend Maidwell, Thomas Toller, William Carey and William Knibb” tour taking place tomorrow (Sunday, July 3).

Kathy Haigh will lead a visitation meeting at 2pm which will begin near the gates of the ‘parish’ church of Kettering, St Peter & St Paul.

The visit is free and families are encouraged to use their comic book as a guide to follow the Kettering Mavericks walk. The walk will end with time spent visiting the Fuller Heritage Museum on Gold Street.

Monica said, “We’re really looking forward to seeing everyone. We’ve been planning this for a month and it’s very exciting to share what we’ve been up to.

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