Leeds nostalgia: July 1976: Sooty creator Harry Corbett goes to the Palace

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Sooty went to Buckingham Palace but for once he took a back seat. For the day belonged to Harry Corbett, from Guiseley. He was there to receive “the insignia of the OBE”.

Apparently, it was his first public appearance since suffering a heart attack on Christmas Day. The magican and puppeteer died in 1989 aged 71. He invented Sooty in 1947 as a means of entertaining his children while on holiday,

Harry bought the very first Sooty on Blackpool Pier for just seven shillings and six pence (37.5p) in 1948.

The bright yellow bear with black ears and nose went on to dominate children’s TV in the 1950s and 1960s, despite never uttering a word and remains one of the longest running children’s TV shows of all time.

In 2008, a Sooty puppet given by Harry Corbett to Violet Marley, a senior BBC receptionist, in 1962, came on to the market with a guide price of £200 to £300 in the auction on October 29.

Sooty will turn 70 next year. Harry’s mother’s brother was Harry Ramdsen, owner of the famous fish n’ chip shop, where Harry sometimes played the piano. He was deaf in one ear, which prevented him pursuing a musical career.

His younger son Peter (stage name Matthew) eventually took over from him in 1976 and he retired in 1998.

Ilkley, 30th July 1976

Ted Carroll, the TV and film extra with the 180 degree nose, is learning to live with himself at his pub in Ilkley, West Yorkshire.

The new Ted, with the old nose, is a bronze bust modelled by a sculptress at Ilkley College.
In fact Janet Bowler's Ted Carroll is even more rugged than the real thing.
Ted let his nose go its own way after having it broken four times during his 12 years with Hunslet Rugby League Club.
"She left it over the holidays with me to see if I could get used to it. People come up to it and order two pints", said Mr. Carroll, who with his wife, Beryl, runs the Rose and Crown, opposite Ilkley Parish Church.

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