David Attenborough leaves eight-year-old super fan stunned with surprise presentMarch 5, 2021
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David Attenborough, 94, has been in the public eye for over 40 years and very quickly became one of the most loved documentary presenters on our screens. The nature enthusiast has millions of fans around the world, and he left one of his young avid supporters over the moon by surprising him with a gift during lockdown.
Eight-year-old schoolboy Fraser Hadley, has long been a fan of the broadcasting legend and was left pleasantly astonished after he received something rather special in the post.
As part of some lockdown homework, Fraser was asked to create a poster of his most aspirational person and decided to base the project on the natural historian.
The pupil of a Sunderland primary school, also kindly offered to call David for a chat if he ever felt lonely during lockdown.
After Fraser’s grandmother Mary suggested he send the poster to the TV star, they never expected a signed photo to arrive.
Fraser’s mum Dianne Barker, told Metro.co.uk: “He must be inundated with letters so we never expected a reply.
“I think the reason Fraser’s letter stood out is because he went into lots of detail about his home-schooling and he said that if Sir David was lonely in lockdown he could ring Fraser to chat.”
Despite not being able to answer all Fraser’s questions, Dianne revealed her son was delighted with the response and has had the autographed picture framed for safe keeping.
David rose to fame in the 1950s, after his first project Zoo Quest was commissioned by the BBC in 1954.
But he admitted that the series, which was set in Africa, would never have been commissioned by the broadcaster today because of how much it’s changed over the years.
He pointed out they would be more “cautious” now unlike back then, when he was sent away for months to film.
Speaking on the Call Of The Wild with Cell Spellman and WWF podcast, the 94-year-old recalled his first series.
“Out of the blue I thought it would be wonderful to go to Africa,” he said.
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“To my amazement the bosses at the BBC said, ‘That’s not a bad idea’… and they let me do it.
“I’m sure I could have done it much better if I’d been more experienced or talented, but we got away with it,” he chuckled.
“The BBC said, ‘How long will it take?’ ‘Ooh, three or four months’. ‘Oh well, good luck, my dear chap. Hope to see you at Christmas!'”
He added: “It was that kind of organisation at the time, it isn’t like that anymore.”
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