TV presenter father whose daughter got her private school motto tattooed on her CHEST and is the lead singer of a punk band demands a refund of his £200,000 fees
- David Harper, 52, paid to send his daughter Hetti to Barnard Castle School
- Boarding school in County Durham’s motto has since been tattooed on her chest
- Mr Harper is demanding the tuition fees back for free advertising for the school
- Hetti, 23, got the tattoo three weeks ago and Mr Harper said he wasn’t pleased
A BBC antiques expert is demanding his daughter’s prestigious school repays her £200,000 tuition fees after she got their motto tattooed on her chest.
Star of BBC’s Antiques Road Trip, David Harper, 52, paid for his daughter, Hetti, to attend Barnard Castle School in County Durham.
After finishing school, Hetti, 23, went on to form a band and in true punk fashion got an edgy tattoo of her school’s Latin slogan.
Mr Harper, from Durham, is asking Barnard Castle for his tuition fees back, which cost £15,000 per year, on the basis that the tattoo constitutes free advertising.
Antiques expert and star of BBC’s Antiques Road Trip David Harper, 52, (left) paid for his daughter, Hetti, (right) to attend Barnard Castle School
Mr Harper, renowned for his antiques expertise, believes the school should compensate him for free advertising after Hetti got Barnard Castle’s Latin motto inked on her chest
Hetti’s tattoo reads, ‘Parvis imbutus tentabis grandia tutus’, which means, ‘When you are steeped in little things, you shall safely attempt great things.’
Mr Harper said he wasn’t impressed by the tattoo, which Hetti got three weeks ago, and said that she is often stopped in the street by passers by curious to know the translation.
Hetti attended Barnard Castle School from the age of five at a cost to her father of £15,000 per year
He said: ‘I’ve asked if Barnard Castle School would be happy to refund some of the school fee’s I paid, because my daughter has tattooed the old school motto across her chest.
‘It was just a bit of a shock to me and her mother!
‘After I I freaked out at the sight of the tattoo, I was furious that after all the money I’d spent on her education, I really didn’t expect her to end up being a free walking advert for the school.
‘However, a little later I had the brilliant idea to ask the school if they’d effectively like to sponsor Hetti in her music career and give me back some of the school fees I’d paid.’
Hetti attended Barnard Castle School from the age of five and graduated to the upper school aged 11 where she was a classically trained as a singer.
She became head of their choir until she left school at the age of 18 and then formed her own band, Tiffany Twisted.
David added: ‘Hetti moved to London three years ago and has been writing and composing music for the past two years.
Tiffany Twisted, Hetti’s band, will be releasing their debut track ‘Holes In Your Bones’ on the August 20 through Payne Records
Hetti was classically trained as a singer at school and was head of the choir before leaving at the age of 18
‘Hetti thought it a great idea to have the school motto tattooed across her torso, as the school played such a big part in her music development – never mind who paid the school for this!
‘I’m hoping that I’ll get some money back from the school and from Hetti once she makes it.’
Tiffany Twisted will be releasing their debut track ‘Holes In Your Bones’ on the August 20 through Payne Records.