BBC Home > BBC News > Europe

Wombling duo stop to meet creator

1 June 07 10:00 GMT

The Alderney-based author of the Wombles says she feels flattered two women are visiting all the places in the world named after her characters.

Kate Collison and Nicky Dunn are in the Bailiwick as part of their global tour.

Creator Elizabeth Beresford met the pair who have already been to Orinoco, Wellington, Adelaide and Bulgaria. The duo have seven stops left to go.

She said: "I feel absolutely overcome and overawed by it all because they know far more about them than I do."

The Wombles are pointy-nosed furry fictional creatures that live in burrows, where they help the environment by collecting and recycling rubbish in useful and ingenious ways.

'Wombledon Common'

They live around the world, although the TV series first shown on the BBC in the mid-1970s focused on those living on Wimbledon Common.

The Wombles were criticised because children who went to Wimbledon Common deliberately threw litter in the hope of seeing a womble.

Ms Beresford said she "picked the names out for all sorts of reasons" and that the character Wellington was named after her nephew John who went to Wellington College and her daughter-in-law is named Alderney.

She also reportedly invented the name "Womble" when one of her young children referred to Wimbledon Common as "Wombledon Common".

Ms Collison said she was on a backpacking tour of the world when the pair decided to make specific stops of Womble places.

She described the moment when she met Ms Beresford as "lovely".

"She [Ms Beresford] was so gorgeous and sweet and lovely. She obviously loved them all as she had figures of them all over her house," said Ms Collison.

Related BBC sites

*