Book of condolence to Bagpuss creator opens

Peter Firmin, centre, receives the Freedom of Canterbury. He is pictured with businessman Michael Head and former Lord Mayor Cllr Ian Thomas

A book of condolence has opened to Peter Firmin, the co-creator of children’s tv favourites Bagpuss and The Clangers.

Mr Firmin died aged 89 at his Blean home at the weekend after a short illness.

Anyone wishing to submit an entry to the book can do so by visiting the visitor information centre at the Beaney gallery and museum in Canterbury High Street.

In 2011 Mr Firmin received the Freedom of the City of Canterbury from then Lord Mayor Cllr Ian Thomas.

He had been nominated for the award by former Wincheap councillor and leader of Canterbury City Council Alex Perkins.

Peter Firmin
Peter Firmin, a giant of children’s television

The Lib Dem described Mr Firmin as: “Humble, brilliant and hugely talented – a credit and an asset to our city and our district.”

He added: “The freedom we bestow on you is nothing when compared to the gift you have given to generations – the freedom to explore the world of childhood.”

Yesterday (Monday) the city council flew its flag at its Military Road office at half-mast in his honour.

Council chief executive Colin Carmichael said: “It is always special when we award a Freedom of the City, but Peter’s ceremony really stands out in the memory.

“He had an extraordinary career and we have always been proud that he, with his animation partner Oliver Postgate, created all these amazing characters, right here in the district.

“It is a very sad day for Canterbury and we will remember Peter with a minute’s silence at our next full council meeting later this month.”

Displays relating to many of Mr Firmin’s creations, including Bagpuss and The Clangers, are on permanent display in the Beaney.


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