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Saturday, 22 November 2014

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West Cumbrian 17-year-old launches own party business

A 17-year-old from Camerton, near Workington, has started up his own business.

Crackin Castles
Marco Teasdale and mum Mel

Marco Teasdale, of Kirklands, has set up Crackin’ Castles which offers bouncy castle hire, children’s party packages and mascot character visits from Mickey and Minnie Mouse lookalikes.

Marco, who has set up with his mother Mel, said: “We had been to Walt Disney World in Florida and saw how popular it was, so thought it would be nice to bring a bit of Disney to the area.”

Marco is studying at Keswick School sixth form and said he was managing to balance his schoolwork with running his own business.

He said: “I manage to balance the time and I am doing business studies which is helping a bit with the business.

“This has given me the opportunity to be my own boss.”

Mel, who has previously worked as a children’s entertainer and dresses up as Minnie, said: “When Marco gets an idea he has got to follow it through, so I knew as soon as he had this he would concentrate on it.”

Marco believes he has an advantage starting the business at such a young age with the lack of jobs available at the minute.

He said: “There is not much choice out there.

“It is good to be in charge and do what you want to do but I have been looking at college courses as something to fall back on.”

Mel said: “I think we have got something unique. I don’t think anybody else is doing it.”

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