Birthday bear captured hearts of youngsters

Richard Cadell and Sooty at the 70th Birthday Party on Blackpool North Pier
Richard Cadell and Sooty at the 70th Birthday Party on Blackpool North Pier
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Eternally popular children’s TV character Sooty was joined by hundreds of fans to help celebrate his 70th birthday.

The little yellow bear hosted a free family fun day at North Pier and a special edition of The Sooty Show at North Pier Theatre, to mark his landmark, platinum year - right back in his birth town.

Sooty was bought by entertainer Harry Corbett as a gift for his young son Matthew from a novelty stall on the pier, back in 1948.

Sooty was joined by his pals Sweep and Soo for the event, on Saturday, as well as puppeteer Richard Cadell.

Richard said: “We had more than 800 people at the show and well over 1,000 along to the party on the pier, so it was a great way to celebrate Sooty’s birthday.”

The live performance of The Sooty Show was raising money for Donna’s Dreamhouse, NHS Teaching Hospital Blackpool and the Blackpool branch of Sooty’s long-standing charity partner, the Royal National Institute of Blind People.

Earlier in the week, to mark the event, Sooty and Richard unveiled a new brass plaque at North Pier during a live broadcast with Alison Hammond on ITV’s This Morning show - and he already has a blue plaque on the Promenade’s railings just nearby.