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Article by Sarah Hamilton-Walker | 22nd August 2018

Tributes Paid to Bagpuss Creator

A wide range of tributes have been paid to East Kent’s Bafta award-winning artist Peter Firmin, who died last month after a short illness.

Canterbury MP Rosie Duffield was among those who praised his work that included the hugely popular Bagpuss and Clangers children’s TV series.

In response, the council’s flag few at half-mast to the artist who lived with his family in Blean and had received an Honorary Freedom of the City in 2011, in recognition of his considerable achievements.

The much-appreciated artist had done a significant amount of work with schools within the Canterbury area, with a major exhibition of his works having been displayed at the Beaney House of Art and Knowledge.

Speaking exclusively to Index at the time, Peter said: “I hope when children see what I have done, it will inspire them to think that they can do it. So many people think everything is just on the internet now and that nothing is made, and that you just download things. But I think if you can show children the methods and sketches, they’ll realise they can do it.”

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