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Museum remembers Bagpuss creator

Oliver Postgate with Professor Yaffle from Bagpuss
Oliver Postgate created many much-loved children's TV programmes

A book in which fans can leave memories and tributes to Oliver Postgate, who died recently, has opened at a museum in Kent.

Mr Postgate 83, who lived in the county, created some of the best-loved children's TV series including Bagpuss, Ivor the Engine, and the Clangers.

A spokesman for the Museum of Canterbury in Stour Street said they were keen to hear from ordinary people.

Mr Postgate and Peter Firmin created their series in a pigsty near the town.

His partner, Naomi Linnell, confirmed he died at a nursing home near his home in Broadstairs in Kent on 8 December.

'Never forgotten'

The museum spokesman said: "The museum is keen to hear ordinary people's memories of Oliver, and of his programmes, as a tribute to an extraordinary man who died last week aged 83.

"Displays at the museum will ensure his life and achievements will never be forgotten.

"Original characters created by Oliver and his friend Peter Firmin, including Bagpuss, the Pogles and Auntie and Uncle Clanger, plus Ivor the Engine and Noggin the Nog artwork, are among the most popular exhibits at the museum."

The museum also features a 60ft (18.2m) long cartoon charting the life and death of Thomas Becket created by Mr Postgate and Ms Linnell in the 1980s.

The original set of BBC TV series the Clangers - small, pink mouselike creatures who live under their planet's surface in caves protected by saucepan lids - was recently displayed in Canterbury.

The handmade models, which included the Soup Dragon and Baby Clanger, were exhibited at the Sidney Cooper Gallery.



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