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McGuinness swaps Stormont for Sesame Street

11 March, 2008

Sinn Féin deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness swapped Stormont for Sesame Street today to launch a local version of the world famous programme which will be screened here in April.

'Sesame Tree' will feature many old favourites such as the Cookie Monster, Elmo, Ernie and Bert and also some new characters including Potto and Hilda the Irish Hare.

Mr McGuinness visited the set of the new show at the BBC Blackstaff studio in Belfast where he met some of the stars of the show as well as, Sesame Street President and Chief Executive Officer Gary E Knell, who travelled from the USA for the launch.

Praising all those who had contributed to bringing 'Sesame Tree' here Mr McGuinness described the adaptation as a "real coup".

"I would like to congratulate Inferno Productions who beat off stiff international competition to win the contract which underlines the vast array of talent which exists here."

Speaking of the programme itself Mr McGuinness said:

"It is especially apt at this time that the focus of the programme is on helping children learn about each other and the diverse society in which they live. As we strive to create an inclusive society where the talents, cultures and aspirations of all are recognised and respected it is entirely fitting that our children are encouraged to do just that." ENDS

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