Brilliant cartoonist Christian Beeston got the royal seal of approval when popular Macclesfield councillor Janet Jackson received her MBE at Buckingham Place.
A passionate supporter of local independent business and young talent, the much-loved Labour representative for Macclesfield Central Ward took one of Christian’s royal Christmas cards down for Prince William to hand on to his grandmother.
His card sees Prince Philip comment to wife as he spots a reindeer in front of Dunham Massey, “That’s an amazing reindeer,” and the Queen replies: “Yes, more than 65 years”.
Janet, who collects and sends out Christian’s work smiled, “I know the Queen has a wonderful sense of humour and I’m sure she will have enjoyed the joke, especially when she knew the age of the artist.”
Christian won The National Young Cartoonist of the Year Award in 2015 and Janet, who retires from Cheshire East in May after 26 years distinguished service, added: “Christian has a rare and wonderful talent and I just wanted to share his skill and humour on my special day.”
Since winning his national award, which was judged by the best of the country’s national press cartooning fraternity, Christian has been busy selling cards, mugs, coasters, shopping bags and note pads in shops in Macclesfield and at his own stall at the Treacle Market, racking up well over 1,000 sales. He earns around £100 per month which he ploughs back into the business and is always looking to expand with his loyal mum Lotte happy to tout his work far and wide.
Janet, who has been raising money for charity for over 50 years, said: “He’s absolutely fabulous. I have Christian’s his work develop over the past few years and I always buy his cards as birthday presents because I love how he celebrates life in Macclesfield.”
Caroline Johnson, King’s Director of Marketing, added: “We are all extremely proud of Christian. He has a unique style, immediately recognisable for its stylish penmanship and wit, and, as importantly, commercial acumen beyond his years.
Christian, who in addition to his artistic endeavours is a talented academic and rapid rugby winger, wants to study Fine Art at one of Britain’s leading Art Colleges.
He said: “I wanted to reflect the great affection everyone in Britain, and I, feel for the Queen and Prince Phillip and I hope it brought a smile to their faces. I can’t thank Councillor Jackson enough for her efforts on my behalf.”
Picture 1: Cllr Janet Jackson with the MBE, cartoonist Christian Beeston and King’s Head of Marketing Caroline Johnson.
Picture 2: Christian’s royal card