HUNDREDS of young fans and a troupe of martial artists got a big kick out of welcoming two of the world-famous Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles to Wrexham.
Reptile brothers Leo and Raph stormed into Eagles Meadow shopping centre as part of a packed ‘Celebrity Summer’ programme, which is giving youngsters the chance to see their TV heroes close up.
On hand to greet the Turtles in traditional style were members of Hope Wrexham Tae Kwon-do (TKD) Club, who showed the formidable reptile twosome some spectacular moves of their own.
The turtles, who have been trained in the art of ninjutsu by their rat sensei Master Splinter, usually emerge from their sewer lair to confront the villains who threaten New York city.
But in a dramatic change of scene, the children’s favourites chopped and kicked their way into the busy shopping centre to say hello to an army of young fans.
After pitting their martial skills against the Tae Kwon-do club, they faced their fans and posed for pictures with many of them.
Among the first was five-year-old Alex Barclay, from Wrexham, who was looking smart in his own Mutant Ninja costume.
He said: “I love all the Ninja Turtles and like to dress up like them. I even want to be one of them when I grow up.
“It was great that I was able to come and meet them today.
“My favourite is Leo and I’ve had my picture taken with him which was really good.”
And mum Becky added: “I think it was marvellous that Eagles Meadow arranged for the Ninja Turtles to come along to the shopping centre and it’s made Alex’s day because he has lots of their DVDs and was looking forward to it very much.”
After meeting the Turtles the youngsters in the crowd were treated to a demonstration by members of the Hope Wrexham Tae Kwon-Do Club.
The visit was part of the ‘Celebrity Summer’ programme, which has seen a series of popular TV characters dropping into Eagles Meadow.
Next Tuesday Fireman Sam will be coming and the final visit will be by Lau Lau from Waybuloo on Tuesday, August 26.
Both will make appearances at various intervals from 11am until 3.30pm.
For more information about Hope Wrexham Tae Kwon-do Club, visit its website at http://www.hope-wrexham-tkd.co.uk/