File puptcrit/puptcrit.0810, message 334

Date: Wed, 22 Oct 2008 07:09:22 -0700
Subject: [Puptcrit] Pelham Puppets return

To mark 60 years of Pelham Puppets, the company 
is introducing a new range for the toy and collectors market.

All the new puppets are hand-made from David 
Leech=92s premises in Ilfracombe, North Devon. 
David learned the craft from the company=92s 
founder, Bob Pelham and by working across various 
departments of the Pelham Puppet factory in the 1970s.

Several retailers across the country will be 
stocking the figures right away, including 
Benjamin Pollock=92s Toy Shop in Covent Garden, 
Toycraft in Chester and Pinocchio Toys in 
Edinburgh. Buyers in the USA and Germany have 
also expressed an interest in the new range.

Originally the company was based in Marlborough, 
Wiltshire for over 30 years and enjoyed a gradual 
expansion over three decades. Trade reached a 
peak in 1979 when every puppet produced in the 
first six months of the financial year was exported to the United States.

By this time Pelham Puppets was the largest 
employer in Marlborough with over 200 employees.

Since the death of its founder in 1980, Pelham 
Puppets have not been available to buy in toy 
shops, although many of the original puppets are now collector=92s items.

Leech said of the revival:

=93There appears to be an increasing demand for 
more traditional toys by discerning parents today 
and a steady revival in the art of puppetry too, 
particularly in schools. Never has the appetite 
for the retrospective and nostalgic been greater.=94

Steve Axtell
Axtell Expressions, Inc.
Amazing Puppets & Magic

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