Children at Our Lady of Fatima Primary School in Harborne were recently rewarded for braving the July showers to attend their annual Summer Fayre with an opportunity to meet local film star Gully McGrath, who was the school's invited guest of honour.
Australian child actor Gully, who now lives with his parents and younger brother in Harborne, recently starred in the latest Johnny Depp movie, Dark Shadows. At the age of just thirteen Gully has already starred in three blockbuster movies (Hugo, Dark Shadows and Lincoln) and worked with some of the biggest names in the movie industry, including Steven Spielberg, Daniel Day-Lewis and Martin Scorsese.
Gully spent time looking around the Summer Fayre, chatting with children and their parents, signing autographs and posing for photographs. He also got onto the stage in the school hall where he was interviewed by Parent Teacher Association member Becky Cusworth.
Asked about his film career Gully said:
"I have my primary school in Australia to thank for encouraging me to take up acting. My advice to other kids is to be determined and never give up because your next audition could be the big break. I love living in Harborne, I have lots of really great friends here and have become very fond of Birmingham."
Our Lady of Fatima's PTA Treasurer, Peter Millington, said:
"This year's Summer Fayre was a great success in spite of the rain. We moved a lot of the stalls into the school and everything else went under cover on the playgrounds. The profit from last year's event purchased a special memory bench in the school grounds where children and families can sit quietly to think of loved ones they have lost. Some of our funds this year have also helped to pay for transport costs for extra leisure and social trips from the school. We are very grateful to Gully for giving up his time to help us bring in the crowds on a rainy Saturday afternoon. He is a very friendly young man and was a big hit with the children".