07 September 2020 00:33
Twitter can be a brilliant and baffling place and case in point is this latest wild rumour. Talk that the true identity of the hooded guerrilla artist Banksy could be the children's entertainment legend Neil Buchanan is swirling online. On Friday a Twitter user fanned the flames by writing: "Just heard that it's rumoured Neil Buchanan is Banksy. "If true, it's the funniest s*** ever. Aintree's finest." Explaining the theory further they added: "He's a musician and art has followed in the cities of shows he's done allegedly." And they added this was enough to convince them, saying: "This is straight in the believe without question category." Another Twitter user replied: "In the late nineties/early noughties, someone pointed Banksy out to me at the Notting Hill Arts Club.
"I also saw him doing a stencil outside my flat in Hoxton at around the same time (hood up). (Image: Tamworth Herald) "Could I pick him out of a line-up? Absolutely not." The rumour delighted many fans of Art Attack presenter Neil, who shot to fame in the 80s as a host on the Saturday morning show No. 73, later renamed 7T3. "Art Attack's Neil Buchanan is Banksy? I don't even need to look more into that. That's my truth from now on and you can't tell me otherwise," tweeted one. Another said: "There is a conspiracy theory going round that Neil Buchanan is Banksy. (Image: YouTube/CITV) "That is absolutely hilarious and I hope that is true because I am here for it." "I know it probably isn't but my goodness if this is true it will make up for how rubbish 2020 has been," tweeted another. Another Twitter user suggested Banksy is actually Nicholas Lyndhurst of Only Fools and Horses fame. Others think a link can be found in Neil's heavy metal rock band Marseille. Sign up to the free MEN email newsletter Get the latest updates from across Greater Manchester direct to your inbox with the free MEN newsletter You can sign up very simply by following the instructions here The band performed at the Garage in Glasgow in 2010 and a Banksy artwork was found on a wall on Sauchiehall Street near the music venue. The band also played at the famous the Roundhouse in Camden, London, near another Banksy work. Neil, 58, presented the CITV programme Art Attack from 1990 to 2007. He also presented the game show Finders Keepers from 1991 to 1996. Banksy is an anonymous England-based street artist who has been active since the 1990s, known for satirical street art executed in a distinctive stencilling technique. His works of political and social commentary have featured on streets, walls, and bridges throughout the world.