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Mr Boom is pure magic

During the last month of the 1988 Glasgow Garden Festival, we hired a one-man band called Mr Boom to celebrate our two children's birthday. They had reached the ages of 7 and 4 respectively, on the same day, and they and their pals (and parents) had a brilliant time singing and dancing along with Mr Boom. We danced around the "Pixie Tree", and Helen was transformed from a frog back into herself. We all went to the airport, and Sandy got to hold the famous flying sock. We sang the days of the week, acted out the planets moving around the sun and ended with a heartfelt, haunting "What a lovely day I've had". Mr Boom's cassettes were with us on every car journey thereafter, and I think we know most of them by heart.

After over 21 years, it was exciting news that Mr Boom was coming to Dunblane today, and Helen and Amy and I hastened along to Scottish Churches House to see if he'd make it all the way from the moon (where he lives) despite the snow and slush. His spaceship arrival sounds hadn't changed, his much-loved songs and jokes were just the same, and – best of all – his gentle, playful rapport with very young children was as warm as ever. He got 30-odd children and adults to their feet, singing, dancing and acting like animals or machines or planets, and we all went away smiling.

Even his costume and props don't look much different, but now there's a URL on his drum! Yes, the internet must reach the moon, because he now has a charming website where you can buy his music, book a gig or and make contact with his lunar or terrestial offices. You can read about his perfomances to 20,000 children at the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, on BBC2 television and live from Adelaide to Tokyo to Orkney. But this modest, charming man, surely a unique entertainer, still seems accessible to those lucky enough to know about him:

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Here is Helen, with Amy and her pal Catriona, being planets:

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And finally a general shot of Churches House with half the room taking part:

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