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Last Updated: Thursday, 3 July, 2003, 21:28 GMT 22:28 UK
The end of the road for 'Noddy'
Steve Cash
Steve Cash says he has been told to ditch his Noddy image

A Lincoln man who dresses up as Noddy and drives around the city to raise funds for charity has been told to stop - by the owners of the trademark.

Steve Cash adapted his yellow and red "Noddy car" from an old Fiat 126, which he initially intended to use for a Mardi Gras festival.

He worked hard to make the car roadworthy and checked every detail - except the copyright.

Mr Cash said: "I got a letter from Enid Blyton Limited saying: 'Do not use the car anymore, take it off the road, cover it up, destroy your costume and let us know in writing that you have done so.'"

I didn't understand what copyright was - I do now
Steve Cash, Noddy impersonator

In a statement the company says: "We are very happy for Noddy to be used for charitable purposes...

"But any such activity needs to be agreed with us beforehand to ensure it lives up to the expectations of children and their parents.

"As Mr Cash never approached us, we have asked him to stop using Noddy."

The fundraiser says this has left him "heartbroken" as it took him three years to get the car on the road.

But he admits: "At the time I didn't understand what copyright was - I do now."

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