Sunday, August 7, 2011

The Wombles

The Wombles are creatures that live underground around the world.

They were also the basis of books and TV programmes written by Elizabeth Beresford. The central Wombles of the TV programme and the books lived under Wimbledon Common in London.

The Wombles were the original recyclers, making good use of the things that they find, rather like the fictional characters in The Borrowers.

Characters in the TV programmes included Great Uncle Bulgaria, Madame Cholet, Orinoco, Tomsk, Wellington and Bungo.

Several of The Wombles formed a band and had a series of hits in the 1970s, aided by songwriter Mike Batt, number one hits included Remember You're A Womble

I once owned a full length Wombles suit (it was Orinoco).

The TV series was narrated by Bernard Cribbins and here's an episode.

After several years underground, The Wombles ventured out again in 2011 to perform at Glastonbury, surprisingly the years had been kind to them.


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