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BEANO reveals kids are dressing up as Boris Johnson this Halloween

British children will be dressing up as Boris Johnson this Halloween according to new research by Beano as the Prime Minister is named the ‘ghastliest figure of the 21st Century’ by two thirds of British parents and children.

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Beano readers Jack Waterson (7), Presley Kempson (10) and Jamison McCarthy (10) took to the streets of Central London styled as three of the Prime Minister’s most ridiculous past looks; ‘Zipwire Boris’, ‘Biking Boris’ and ‘Bullingdon Boris’ to test reactions ahead of Halloween night.

The new study of 2,000 British parents and their children aged 6-14 shows over half (54%) of British families are drawing direct inspiration from Brexit for their Halloween plans this year with 28% dressing up as famous British politicians, and 20% using Brexit themed decorations.

Eight in ten (82%) British children have said that they now prefer modern and pop culture outfits for Halloween over traditional costumes such as ghosts, witches and vampires. The research has revealed the top 20 topical

Halloween outfit choices for 2019 which features Boris Johnson alongside modern pop culture favorites including

IT 2’s PennywiseThe Joker and characters from Stranger Things and hit video game Fortnite.

Top 20 topical Halloween 2019 costume choices according to British kids aged 6-14
Pennywise the clown from IT 2 23%  
Spiderman 18%  
The Joker 18%  
Baby Shark 13%  
Thanos from The Avengers 13%  
Incredible Hulk 13%  
Detective Pikachu 12%  
Minecraft Creeper 11%  
Maleficent 11%  
Boris Johnson 10%  
Venom 10%  
Ariana Grande 10%  
Wonder Woman 10%  
Princess Jasmine from Aladdin 9%  
Loot Llama from Fortnite 9%  
Demogorgon from Stranger Things 9%  
Captain Marvel 8%  
Donald Trump 8%  
Eleven from Stranger things 7%  
Jojo Siwa (YouTuber) 7%  

Three of the Prime Minister’s most ridiculous looks, including “Zipwire Boris”, “Biking Boris” and “Bullingdon Boris”, have been recreated to inspire little budding ‘Boo-ris Johnson’s’ this Halloween. Beano readers Jack Waterson (7), Jamison McCarthy (10) and Presley Kempson (10) took to the streets of Central London this month to test reactions to their “Boris” costumes ahead of Halloween night.

The “Zipwire Boris” design worn by Jack remembers when Boris was left dangling on a wire, 20ft in the air at the 2012 Olympic Games. It includes a helmet, harness, British flags and DIY zip wire made from two brooms and spray-painted rope. Presley’s ‘Biking Boris’ was inspired by Bojo’s passion for cycling and styled from the many snaps of Boris on his daily commute. Finally, Jamison’s ‘Bullingdon Boris’ was modelled on Boris’ younger Oxford days as part of the elite and notorious Bullingdon Club.

Trumped only by the US President, Donald Trump; Mr Johnson has also been identified as the second ‘scariest celebrity’ of 2019 alongside political rivals including Jeremy Corbyn and Nigel Farage, as almost two thirds of kids (60%) admit today’s politicians give them the heebie-jeebies. 

Scariest celebrities according to British Children aged 6-14
Donald Trump 57%  
Boris Johnson 42%  
Kim Jong-Un 41%  
Marilyn Manson 35%  
Ozzy Osbourne 34%  
Vladimir Putin 33%  
Theresa May 24%  
Jeremy Corbyn 23%  
Gordon Ramsay 21%  
Nigel Farage 21%  

Mike Stirling, Editorial Director of Beano Studios, said “Kids today are far more clued up as to what’s going on in the world and with Brexit on everyone’s lips, it’s unsurprising that we’ll  be seeing a horde of mini Boris’ taking over the streets of the UK this Halloween, with a Jeremy Corbyn or two.”

To celebrate Halloween this year, brave visitors to Beano’s digital platform Beano.com can transform the site into ‘Nightmare mode’ for a spooktacular experience and watch videos covering tips, tricks, jokes and costume ideas to make 2019 the best Halloween ever. 

For more great Halloween 2019 inspiration and to watch how to make your own DIY “Boris” outfit visit www.Beano.com/Halloween

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Crawley businesses vote in favour of town centre initiative unlocking £2M of investment

Businesses in Crawley town centre have voted in favour of establishing a Business Improvement District (BID), unlocking more than £2million of investment over the next five years and help create a thriving town.

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68% of businesses in Crawley voted in favour of the BID, along with 73% in favour by Rateable Value.

A BID is a business-led initiative formed to improve a defined area. Crawley will now join more than 320 BIDs operating in the UK.

Commenting on the result, Chair of the Crawley Town Centre BID and a Director of Graves Jenkins, Neil Cooper, said:

“There is huge potential for Crawley to develop its own distinct offer and proposition and so we are delighted that businesses in the area have voted in favour of a BID. By working in collaboration with businesses and forming strong partnerships, the BID can make a positive difference”.

Paul Clement, director and head of place-shaping at Savills who were commissioned to support the development of the BID said:

“This successful ballot result opens up great opportunities for local businesses to act on solutions for the future of their town centre. Up and down the country BIDs are making a real difference not only to businesses that fund them, but to those who live, work and visit in BID locations. With over 320 BIDs nationally, Crawley businesses have embraced the model as the most appropriate to progress their town centre”.

Research with businesses in the area identified a number of improvements focused around crime reduction, feelings of safety, promotions and marketing, accessibility and business networking. The BID will commence delivery on 1st April 2020.

For more information on the Crawley Town Centre BID, please visit www.crawleytowncentrebid.co.uk

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