Thursday 22 August 2019

Adorable letter to Ryan Tubridy bags Charlie (9) a job on the Late Late Toy Show

Charlie Brunton's letter to Ryan Tubridy
Charlie Brunton's letter to Ryan Tubridy
Aoife Kelly

Aoife Kelly

A 9 year old boy from Cavan has secured himself a job as a stage hand on the Late Late Toy Show thanks to an adorable letter he sent to host Ryan Tubridy.

Charlie Brunton, from Mountnugent, wrote to Ryan asking if he could make one of his dreams come true by letting him come in and help out backstage.

In his letter, he said, "On this years Late Late toy show can I help set up the stage. I understand if I can't. I am a big boy... well big musules anyway.

"I wanted to get my letter in early so I mite  get a chance.  There is only a few children who get on your show. And I hope I get two.

Charlie Brunton (9) is gearing up for his job on the Late Late Toy Show
Charlie Brunton (9) is gearing up for his job on the Late Late Toy Show

"Well I better go before mam loses her voice calling me for dinner."

Charlie has been granted his wish and will 'work' backstage and also appear on the show.

He's the youngest of four sons to mum Breege Reilly and dad Sean Brunton and the family record the Toy Show every year and watch it well into the spring.

“Charlie always thinks about how things are done with a particular interest in filming and special effects like how they make actors cry," says Breege.

"He absolutely loves the Toy Show - with recordings and YouTube we have weekly viewings.

“He is very handy with a hammer and we have lots to evidence with hammer prints on window boards, missing pieces off tables and no plasters left!”.

One day Charlie was watching the show when he decided to write a letter to Ryan to plead his case.

“He looked at the muscles on his arms and decided they were definitely ready for that job," laughs Breege.

"When I was rushing out to work one morning he produced a sealed envelope and asked me to write Ryan Tubridy’s address. I hastily spelled Donnybrook, Dublin 4 for him and posted it.

"Every so often he would ask ‘did Ryan Tubridy ring me?’. We can’t believe that we did get the call."

She added, “After getting the call I finished work early to pick him up from school to tell him the big news. He was speechless driving home. Then the phone calls and messages started and it hasn’t stopped since.

"He still doesn’t believe he will be on it. He has become a local celebrity. Everyone in our rural parish knows. He went around to each classroom in school [Scoil Bhride in Mountnugent] to tell all the students and spoke at assembly about it.

"We have looked at every Toy Show recorded. Our lives at the minute are all arranged around Friday and he is enjoying every minute of it!”

Charlie’s brothers Jack (17), Ben (16) and Ned (13) have been helping out by tutoring him daily and on Friday night the family are having a party at home to watch him on the Toy Show.

Asked who Charlie would like to be when he grows up, Breege said, "“Ryan Tubridy!”

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