Tuesday, 15 Jun 2021

Kate jokes she's buying William Spider-Man outfit after chat with lockdown hero

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Prince William could soon be walking the halls of Kensington Palace in a Spider-Man outfit – if Kate gets her way.

The Duchess of Cambridge got the idea from a martial arts teacher who donned the superhero costume to entertain children during the lockdown.

Jason Baird, from Stockport, went to great lengths to keep kids entertained while schools and play centres were closed last year.

A picture of Mr Baird suspended in mid-air in a front garden while children look on from inside is among 100 photographs chosen for Kate’s Hold Still exhibition and book.

Youngsters in the area were inspired to dress up as Spider-Man and even had signs in their windows saying ‘Spider-Man stop outside my house’.

Commending him for his work in the community, Kate quipped that she might get her husband a matching outfit.

Kate said the local Spider-Man craze was ‘very cool’, adding: ‘I’ll see if it takes on the trend here at Kensington Palace.

‘Might have to buy William a suit to go and see… unfortunately I’m not sure he’d get the air clearance you’ve got.’

The Duchess said the picture of Mr Baird – who along with Andrew Baldock became knows as the ‘Stockport Spider-Men’ – was ‘amazingly captured’.

Speaking on the phone to Mr Baird, Kate said: ‘Thank you for sending in your photograph because there are some really emotive and really sad images and stories that we had.

‘But this brought, you know, particularly to the judging panel, it was such a wonderful positive image of community spirit.

‘It was amazingly captured. And I hadn’t appreciated at the time that you are a martial arts teacher so that gives it a lot of context as well.’

Mr Baird, a father-of-two, said when he and a friend heard people were only allowed out for an hour a day they wanted to ‘try and cheer the kids up’.

He told Kate: ‘It was more a case of trying to bring a few smiles and stuff.’

Kate said Mr Baird has showed ‘huge dedication’ to his community.

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