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Ivor the Engine back on the rails (and raising money for charity)

December 17, 2009
Jones, Dai, Idris and Ivor the Engine

Jones, Dai, Idris and Ivor the Engine as drawn by Peter Firmin.

I have to be honest – my heart sank a little on reading this link (Steaming into action – Ivor the Engine is back on track) on the BBC newspage. Visions of some awful modernised animation sprang to mind. But, hurrah! This is actually a book written by Oliver Postgate’s son, Dan, and illustrated by Oliver’s original collaborator Peter Firmin.

The book is called Bluebell’s Christmas Mission and will raise money for UK veterinary charity Society for the Protection of Animals Abroad. The book is not yet on sale, but do keep an eye out for it – I have every confidence that Oliver’s wonderful vision will be respected by his son and that buying it won’t just help working animals overseas, but bring some precious Postgate light into your house.

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