Billy has a right old Beano in the park

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ATTINGHAM Park has been featured in a special “Gnashnal Trust” edition of The Beano.

Billy Whizz has been let loose on Shrewsbury’s Attingham Park as the National Trust teamed up with the iconic comic for its latest edition.

The Beano’s team of illustrators and comic whizzes had full creative control as characters from Dennis the Menace to Billy Whizz conquered castles and raced ponies across the trust’s 300 grand estates.

Catherine Turnbull, engagement and conservation manager at Attingham Park, said: “We are thrilled to be appearing in this unique edition of one of the nation’s best loved comics.

“Billy Whizz has always been one of my favourite characters so it’s fantastic that he and his chums have ‘visited’ Attingham.”

Mischief-maker Billy Whizz, the fastest boy in The Beano, explored the country in less than a day.

He was fooled by Attingham Park’s false doors, completed Cragside’s eight foot high rhododendron maze in seconds and experienced life as an Anglo Saxon at Sutton Hoo in Suffolk before a good night’s sleep in Lyme Park’s Edwardian Nursery.

Dennis the Menace and Gnasher, The Bash Street Kids and the Numskulls visited other sites.

Tony Berry, visitor experience director of the National Trust, said: “We are delighted to welcome The Beano and all of its mischievous characters.

“The National Trust and The Beano are both British institutions and we are hoping the news we have opened our doors to them all will encourage families to take a leaf out of Dennis’ book and organise a trip to one of our places.

“Wherever we can we have tried to take away ropes and show the fun side of our places with everything from mazes to talking portraits.

“We are certain that real-life Dennises will find that it is not all ‘please don’t touch’ anymore – in some places you can even have a go on the snooker table.”

For a behind-the-scenes look at  The Beano’s takeover visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk/thebeano

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