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Persistence pays off for talented Inverness schoolgirl


By Louise Glen

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Cradlehall Primary School pupil Roni Brady has managed to get her comic strp into the Beano...Picture: Callum Mackay..
Cradlehall Primary School pupil Roni Brady has managed to get her comic strp into the Beano...Picture: Callum Mackay..

Everything is just Dandy for an Inverness schoolgirl who has had her first story published in the Beano!

A character created by the eight-year-old Cradlehall Primary pupil will rub shoulders with legends such as Dennis the Menace and Gnasher in the comic.

Roni Brady (8), from Westhill, has been submitting ideas for characters for more than two years and was delighted when the comic agreed to publish a story based on a character she invented.

Cradlehall Primary School pupil Roni Brady has managed to get her comic strp into the Beano...Picture: Callum Mackay..
Cradlehall Primary School pupil Roni Brady has managed to get her comic strp into the Beano...Picture: Callum Mackay..

Roni, who is a primary four pupil, was congratulated by her teachers and fellow pupils, and headteacher Lawrence Sutherland described her as a “Beano superstar”.

He added: “It’s always been apparent to her class teachers that Roni has a creative flair, including a talent for writing imaginative stories which capture the reader’s interest.

“Everyone at the school was delighted to learn of Roni’s success in having her story selected for publication in such a well-loved and world-famous icon of children’s publishing.”

Roni’s dad Richard said his daughter’s success was down to her refusal to give up.

He added: “Roni has tried for about two years to get a comic strip into the comic. She is a big fan of the Beano, and reads it every week.”

After sending a number of unsuccessful ideas for names, and after a wet day back in February, she decided there were still rainbows around her so we came up with the idea of Raincloud Roni.

“This time, when we sent in the name, we also included a little story about Raincloud Roni bringing rainbows with her to make everyone happy after the rain. We did this months ago, back in February, so we were delighted to see that it had made it into the Beano. Roni is so pleased.

“Although the story that is used in the comic is not exactly the same story as the one we wrote, there are some good similarities, so maybe that helped Roni with her bid for a comic strip.”

The story, featured on the back page, involves Raincloud Roni going to a party but she doesn’t want to go inside because of the rain cloud which follows her everywhere. She therefore comes up with a slip and slide party outside, and at the end there is a rainbow.

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