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Delight for children as real-life Dory swims into Bexleyheath

PUBLISHED: 16:40 25 July 2016 | UPDATED: 16:40 25 July 2016

Mark Holmes with his boys, (l-r), Samuel, 4, and Thomas, 8.

Mark Holmes with his boys, (l-r), Samuel, 4, and Thomas, 8.

Kavi Pujara

An exhibition has been set up to educate people about marine fish

Children visiting Broadway Shopping Centre at the weekend came face-to-face with real-life Finding Dory characters as a new marine exhibition got underway.

The exhibition, which runs until July 30, has been set up to raise awareness of the time and dedication needed to look after the animals that feature in the Disney films, including clownfish and Regal Tangs.

The Saibu family, of Thamesmead, said they had an ‘absolutely fantastic time’ discovering the watery paradise.

Dad, James, and his wife, Christina, took along their three children, Samuel, 10, Paul, seven, and Kingdavid, four, who all attend Discovery Primary School, Greenwich.

James said: “It really is fantastic, the boys have been overawed. It’s such a great idea by the shopping centre to think of putting on a vibrant event like this in the school holidays, and it’s educational too, in a really fun way.

Mark Holmes, of Orchard Close, Bexleyheath, said the fish immediately grabbed the attention of his two boys, Thomas, eight and Samuel, four.

“The boys were immediately hooked as we used to keep fish at home but it is quite time-consuming to properly maintain the tanks so eventually we decided to give them to their granddad to look after,” he added.

“He has all the proper filtration gear and the tanks are pristine. The boys love going round to see how the fish are doing. So when we came here and found this brilliant display they were thrilled.”

Julian Rimmer, sales manager with Sevenoaks-based AquariumGroup, which set up the display, said: “It is such a good story and so popular a film that we were not surprised to have lots of questions about this type of fish. It is the same when any big movie featuring an animal comes out.

“There is always a surge of interest in the species, but we are careful to warn parents that looking after fish, as with any other pet, requires time and a great deal of dedication.”

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