Do You Remember 'Twinkle Annuals'?

by Hayley Dodwell about a month ago in comics

Take A Trip Down Nostalgia Lane...

Do You Remember 'Twinkle Annuals'?

Twinkle Annuals, which were especially for little girls. Twinkle started as a Comics Magazine in 1968 until 1999, with an Annual every year from 1970, and its last was in the year 2003. The Annual contained stories of regular characters, and some new ones, all illustrated with beautiful pictures. Fun, colourful, perfect for a little girls' imaginations. There were also some puzzles pages and pictures to colour in, very exciting for a child! The Annuals were printed and published by D.C. Thomson & Co. In 2012 Royal Mail issued a special stamp of Twinkle, to celebrate Twinkle's history!

Lets see if you can remember our favourite characters from the beloved Annuals... The Annuals started with a letter from the girl Twinkle herself. Which were typed on a typewriter. The characters in the Annuals were referred to as friends, all your favourite ‘Twinkle’ friends! Some of the stories had more writing, others like Belinda had few words and spoke in pictures. But for little girls, looking at bright coloured pictures was fun, especially for the pre-school aged, who were yet to learn to read. They could read the story through pictures.

Freckles the fawn was the smallest in a herd of fallow deers, who lived on a stretch of moorland. Who gets laughed at by the herd for being so small. Poor Freckles can’t jump so high, or run as fast! In one story, the herd that winter went down to the valley in the snow to search for food. A boy was heading in their direction on his sledge, he was the farmer's son. The herd ran off, except little Freckles, being so small and slow, she hides behind a bush. The boy has an accident, he crashes his sledge, falls off and lays in the snow not moving. Freckles knew something was wrong, so she went to the farm to get the farmer, she picks up a turnip, knowing the farmer would chase her, to get it back. Freckles led the farmer to his injured son. Freckles saved the day! The farmer was so grateful, he put food out everyday after that for the herd. Freckles became a very important member of the herd for her bravery, and nobody ever laughed at her again!

Then there was the hilarious Cyril Cold Feet! A centipede who lived in Willow Wood. He had one hundred feet, which were cold. So what did his friends do? They knitted him one hundred socks of course!

One of the most popular of Twinkle ‘friends’ was Witch Winkle. Witch Winkle had a cat called, Mulberry, and was friends with a little girl, Wendy Wilson. A favourite story was Mulberry’s birthday, which had been forgotten, the cat was not pleased. He packed his bag and left. But Witch Winkle needed a cat, she’s a Witch! So she searched for another cat for the job. None of the cats were up to the job. So the Witch casts a spell for the right cat for her to appear. Mulberry appears! The Witch had missed him so much! Mulberry had missed her too, and his birthday was never forgotten again!

Another regular feature was My Baby Brother. Which started with, ‘He’s small, he’s sweet, he’s seldom neat. He’s full of fun and joy. He’s grubby, friendly, naughty, cute, like any little boy. He’s… My Baby Brother.’ We follow a little girl and the mischief from her little brother.

Wendy’s House was so cool. Wendy had her very own play house in her garden, built for her by her brother, Jack. Where she had lots of fun and played all sorts of exciting games. Equally as cool was Polly’s Magic Paintbox. Polly Perkins had a magic paint box where every picture she painted came to life! Then when she closed her painting book, whatever had come to life disappeared. Polly had some fab adventures with her paint box!

Nancy the little Nurse was my favourite. Nancy was the nurse at the Dollies Hospital, where broken toys go to be mended. Her Grandad was the Dolly Doctor, who owned the Hospital. We see all the fun at the hospital, with happy endings for all the toys every time! Who could forget The Helpful Hedgehog?! Hettie the Hedgehog who loved to do good turns and help out her friends.

The Gateway in the Forest saw Sharon Scott, a selfish little girl, who never noticed how hard her Mummy worked around the house, Sharon was often lazy, and made a mess! The best story was where Sharon finds a magic gateway, which leads to a forest, she meets pixie children, who are tidying a garden and ask Sharon to help. Lazy Sharon was unsure, thinking that’s work, not play! But when Sharon saw the pretty garden flowers, she thought she’d give a helping hand. While they all worked, they laughed, joked, and sang. Sharon realised she was enjoying work! And from then on always helped her Mummy around the house!

Goody Gumdrops, yep; fabulous name! She lived in Sweetie Town, where everyone was named after sweets! Goody Gumdrops could be found sorting out one task or another around the town. Look With Lucy, was one for pre-school girls, to read with pictures. Another popular character was Betty Buttercup, especially the story where Betty goes on a picnic with her friend, Weeping Willow, and her cat, Peppermint. But they forget the stove, so can’t boil the kettle! Weeping Willow begins to weep! So what happens? A dragon appears! Obviously! The dragon boils the kettle with his fiery breath! Then they all enjoy a cup of tea and a slice of pink iced cake!

Jenny Wren was awesome. The little girl who loved dressing up and looking pretty. With a wardrobe full of pretty clothes, and a box full of dressing up clothes. Sometimes her choice of outfit was unusual, when she went to the zoo, she dressed as a monkey! The chimps invited her to join their tea party! Jenny looked the part, but her manners were much better than the chimps!

Classic ‘friends’ from the pages of Twinkle. A huge collector's item for girls. It was a popular stocking filler at Christmas, which all little girls loved! But these days those pages are full of happiness and nostalgia.

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Hayley Dodwell

I am a freelance writer. As well as Vocal, I have also written articles for numerous websites, including, Eighties Kids, WhatCulture, Child Of The 1980's, Online Book Club, GoNOMAD Travel, Hubpages, and ScreenHub Entertainment.

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